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Saudi Arabia has ambassador in Qatar again

The ambassador is Saudi Arabia's first to serve in Qatar since the resolution of the Gulf diplomatic crisis.
Qatar's deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs receives a copy of the credentials of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the State of Qatar Prince Mansour bin Khalid bin Farhan Al-Saud.

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Qatar presented his credentials to Doha’s top diplomat on Monday. The move is a further sign of improving ties between the two countries amid the ongoing Gulf rapprochement.

Ambassador Prince Mansour bin Khalid bin Farhan Al-Saud met with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani to deliver a copy of his credentials, as is diplomatic custom. Thani wished the Saudi ambassador “success” and pledged “support to advance bilateral relations between the two countries to achieve closer cooperation in various fields,” according to the official Qatar News Agency.

The meeting marked another step toward reconciliation between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors. In 2017, Saudi Arabia and its allies Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut off ties with Qatar, alleging that Doha was supporting terrorism. They made peace by signing a pact in January.

The states have steadily re-established normal relations since then. Saud is the first Saudi ambassador to be stationed in Qatar since the pact, according to the Saudi news outlet Arab News.