Thursday, 22 August 2019 08:09 GMT

Qatar-Chad restore relations, the first since blockade

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Al Jazeera / Agencies

Qatar and Chad have signed a MoU (memorandum of understanding) resuming diplomatic relations between the two countries, Qatar's Foreign Minister has said.
Relations were severed in August after the start of a Saudi-led blockade against Qatar.
The agreement was reached after Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani held a meeting with Cherif Mahamat Zene, Chad's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Africa Integration and International Cooperation, in Doha.
During the meeting, both countries discussed developing and boosting bilateral relations.
Lolwah Al Khater, Qatar's foreign ministry spokesperson, said that both countries would return their ambassadors with immediate effect.
'Diplomatic Relations to be resumed with immediate exchange of ambassadors. A victory for both countries' diplomacy;one that is based on the principles of dialogue & common interests that bring peace and prosperity to both nations," Al Khater wrote on Twitter.
The Qatar Foreign Minister congratulated the move on Twitter.
'We welcome the resumption of diplomatic relations between Qatar and Chad and the return of ambassadors between the two friendly countries, a memorandum of understanding was signed today in Doha," he tweeted.
A spokesman for Chad's foreign affairs ministry confirmed relations would be restored.
Chad closed Qatar's embassy in N'Djamena in August, accusing Qatar of seeking to destabilise the country through its northern neighbour Libya.
Qatar responded and ordered the embassy to close, and accused the African country of joining a "political blackmail against the State of Qatar".
Last year Senegal reinstated its ambassador to Qatar in August in a bid to encourage the Arab states to resolve their dispute.
More than eight months since the start of the Gulf crisis, the US and the EU have called on the countries to engage in dialogue.
But the quartet issued a 13-point list of demands, including the shutdown of Qatar-based media network Al Jazeera, limiting ties with Iran and expelling Turkish troops stationed in the country as a prerequisite to lifting the blockade.
Qatar rejected all the demands, denouncing them as attempts to infringe its sovereignty.


Qatar-Chad restore relations, the first since blockade

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