A historic moment took place this week, with the signing of the Al Ula Declaration.
Leaders of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and Qatar joined forces at the 41st summit of Gulf Cooperation Council, where they signed an accord setting out the road map that will end diplomatic division in the region.
The Al Ula Declaration, was signed by representatives of the GCC states and marks the beginning of unity in this part of the Middle East.
On the occasion, the Saudi Press Agency captured a quote from Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman saying:
“This affirms the importance of the solidarity and stability in the Gulf, Arab and Islamic countries and strengthens the bonds of friendship and brotherhood among our countries and peoples in order to serve their aspirations.”
He went on to add:
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s firm and continuous policy, future plans, and ambitious development vision (the Kingdom Vision 2030) prioritizes a unified and solid Gulf Cooperation Council.In addition to strengthening the Arab and Islamic cooperation in a way that serves the security, stability, and prosperity of our countries and the region.”
The End To A Long Term Dispute
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatari ruler, got a warm welcome when arriving in Saudi Arabia for the summit that has ended a dispute which has been going on since 2017.
Speaking about the event, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said at a press conference:
“What happened today is the turning of the page on all points of difference and a full return of diplomatic relations,”
This agreement is the start of a recommencement of all relationships, which will include international travel and flights!