Ties Between India, Qatar And Four Other Arab States restored

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India on Wednesday welcomed the restoration of full ties between Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt with Qatar at the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Al-Ula and reiterated its support to work with the GCC countries for the strengthening of bilateral cooperation.

The four countries had cut ties with Qatar in 2017 and imposed a partial blockade, accusing the gas and oil-rich state of backing acts of terrorism.

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Qatar, which had angered the other states because of its close ties with Iran and the broadcasts of the Al-Jazeera news channel, had dismissed these allegations.

While replying to questions on India’s response to restoration of ties between countries in the region, Anurag Srivastava, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson, said that India is “pleased to note the positive developments at the recently concluded GCC Summit in Al-Ula, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.

He said “We welcome the reconciliation and rapprochement between countries in the region. India shares an excellent relationship with all the countries in the GCC which is in our extended neighborhood and we hope that such encouraging developments will further promote peace, progress, and stability in the region.”

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“We will continue to work with GCC countries for the strengthening of our bilateral cooperation. We also look forward to enhancing our institutional dialogue and partnership with the GCC,” he added.

India’s Statement regarding the Ties:

Following the restoration of full ties between the five countries, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said: “We were pleased to note the positive developments at the recently concluded GCC Summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia. We welcome the reconciliation and rapprochement between countries in the region.

“India shares an excellent relationship with all the countries in the GCC, which is in our extended neighborhood and we hope that such encouraging developments will further promote peace, progress, and stability in the region.”

Srivastava added: “We will continue to work with GCC countries for the strengthening of our bilateral cooperation. We also look forward to enhancing our institutional dialogue and partnership with the GCC.”

 

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