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UAE leader visits Qatar for first time since blockade

This handout picture provided by the UAE Ministry Of Presidential Affairs shows Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani (R) meeting with Emirati President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan in Doha, on December 5, 2022
— Doha (AFP)

The United Arab Emirates' president on Monday made his first visit to Qatar since the end of a nearly four-year regional blockade that put ties in a deep freeze.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan was greeted by Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at the airport and left after an official lunch in a brief trip that coincided with the football World Cup in Qatar.

"The meeting explored UAE-Qatar relations and the prospects for growing their cooperation to boost prosperity in both countries and serve their common interests," the UAE's official WAM news agency said.

It was the first state visit since the countries mended ties in January 2021, when a years-long Saudi-led boycott of gas-rich Qatar finally came to an end.

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