Saudi, UAE to attend Arabian Gulf Cup in Qatar

      Published on Saturday, 16 November , 2019      634 Views     
Saudi, UAE to attend Arabian Gulf Cup in Qatar


Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have agreed to take part in this year’s Arabian Gulf Cup soccer tournament in Qatar, signalling a thaw in their more than two-year-old feud.




The three Gulf Arab states cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting Islamist extremists and being too close to their regional rival Iran.

But signs have emerged in recent months that a rapprochement could be looming.

Earlier this year, Qatar’s prime minister attended an Arab League summit in Saudi Arabia in the highest-level visit since the rift.

Last week, a senior Saudi official said in Washington that Qatar had started taking steps to mend relations with its neighbours.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said in a tweet it had accepted the invitation to take part in the tournament. The UAE Football Association also decided to take part, the official WAM news agency said.

A Gulf official said Bahrain would join those countries in a signal that the stand-off was on its way to being resolved.

The apparent thaw comes amid growing fears that the region could slide toward war as the US raises economic pressure on Iran. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have worked to de-escalate in recent months, particularly since an attack on key oil installations in the energy-exporting kingdom and a spate of assaults on shipping in the Gulf.

The Qatar crisis itself has proved surprisingly difficult to solve despite repeated US appeals for unity among its allies, and mediation efforts by Kuwait.



Kuwait, which has taken a more neutral stance, had urged Saudi Arabia to participate in the games as a goodwill gesture meant to dial down the frictions.

Keywords:
Category Sport | 2019/11/16 latest update at 9:19 AM
Source : Arabian Business | Photocredit : Google
635 Views
Comments Add comment



Gulf Media

Related Articles

The editorial staff of Saudi Arabia Today would like to give all of its readers from Gulf and Saudi Arabia and the whole world the opportunity to participate actively in the development of the website! If you have something interesting, fun, scandalous - just something worth to be seen from more people. Capture it and share it in the Saudi Arabia Today with a short text.

Do you have information you want to reach our readers?

Send article/s

You can subscribe to our Facebook, Twitter and Google pages or use our RSS feed channel to always read the most important news about Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and the world.


Sponsored Publications