Mauritania and Qatar have now decided to resume diplomatic ties following the lifting of the more than three-year blockade against Doha led by Saudi Arabia, the Mauritanian foreign ministry said on Sunday.
The move comes after Mauritanian foreign affairs minister Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed met with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.
“After intensive contacts over the past week and with much appreciated support from the Sultanate of Oman, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and Qatar decided to resume the diplomatic ties,” the statement said.
In January, Arab states forming the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has decided to re-establish ties with Doha, after they accused the latter of being linked with terrorist organizations which led to a three-year blockade.
“The two ministers stressed the keenness of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, and his brother, President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, president of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, to preserve the historical and fraternal ties between the two countries and the two brotherly peoples,” the ministry added.
The two nations also agreed “to reopen the embassies as soon as possible.”
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