Maldives reinstates full diplomatic relations with Qatar

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Maldives government on Wednesday announces its decision to reinstate full diplomatic relations with Qatar.

Moreover, the island nation’s decision come following Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations lifting a three-year long embargo on Qatar.

Earlier the lift off on Qatar’s embargo came during the annual summit of Gulf Cooperation Council, on Tuesday – 05 January 2021.

Gulf and Saudi Arabia’s decision puts an end to the three-year long diplomatic tensions in the region.

Meanwhile, Maldives Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid made confirmation of the new reinstatement on Wednesday afternoon.

“Maldives welcomes the positive developments following the annual summit of Gulf Cooperation Council,” Shahid’s tweet read.

Furthermore, he adds “I have had fruitful discussions with the Qatari authorities and am pleased to announce Government of Maldives decision to reinstate full diplomatic relations with Qatar.”

Maldives officially severed its ties with Qatar in 2017 during former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s administration.

The decision was resultant of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries launching blockade against Qatar.

Moreover, restoring diplomatic relations with Commonwealth came during Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s administration as well.

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