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The United Arab Emirates’ minister of state for international affairs mentioned Thursday that Gulf states will first resume commerce and travel hyperlinks with Qatar earlier than reestablishing regular relations following the Gulf unity deal.

Anwar Gargash mentioned the UAE and different Gulf states would first work on “airlines, shipping and trade” with Doha. He mentioned different points will take extra time, saying at a information convention, “We have issues with rebuilding trust,” in keeping with Reuters.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia and Qatar agreed to open their borders with each other for the primary time since 2017. The subsequent day, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states signed a deal pledging mutual “solidarity.” Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE are all members of the GCC together with Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait.

The settlement has its roots within the 2017 Qatar diplomatic disaster. This occurred when Saudi Arabia and its allies the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain reduce relations with Qatar and closed their land and sea borders and air areas to it.

The quartet alleged that Qatar was supporting terrorism. Qatar has coverage variations with Saudi Arabia and its allies, particularly with regard to Qatar’s relations with the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran.

Qatar mounted authorized challenges to the quartet’s actions and denied it supported terrorism.

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