Middle East: GCC and Egypt sign the 'Al-Ula Declaration', ending the Qatar boycott

In brief

On 5 January 2021, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, along with Egypt, signed the “Al-Ula Declaration” at the 41st GCC Summit held in the city of Al-Ula, paving the way for the re-establishment of political and economic ties with the State of Qatar. This marks the end of a three-year dispute which began on 5 June 2017, and reinforces the commitment of the GCC member states to the political and economic stability of the region.


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The breakthrough agreement follows the re-opening of Saudi Arabia's airspace and land and sea borders with Qatar starting 4 January. We are confirming changes in policy and procedures with the relevant authorities and ministries in the GCC and Egypt in light of these developments.

The official text of the "Al-Ula Declaration" has yet to be made public. We will provide further updates as implementation of the agreement takes hold and as official statements and circulars are issued.

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