Mail service restarted
UAE resumes mail service to Qatar After two and a half years, the postal service starts again. Bloomberg reported that the decision was made following a joint discussion between representatives of both countries and the United Nations Postal Agency.
The discussion in Bern was good
The United Nations Postal Union has convened a UAE-Qatar delegation meeting in Bern, Switzerland. Representatives of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt also imposed sanctions on Qatar.
Positive in the future
The United Nations agency wanted the postal system to be restored by all countries. The UN delegation, David Dodge, said the discussion was a positive one. He responded that he was optimistic about the future.
There is no official response
But neither the UAE nor Qatar have responded to the issue of the decision to restore the postal system. On June 5, 2017, three Gulf countries and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar. Soon postal systems and other mail services were terminated.
And will be sent through Oman
The postal system has been restored, but it is not possible to send directly from the UAE to Qatar. Send through Oman. UAE-Qatar direct flights do not exist. According to a Bloomberg report, mail will be sent via Oman.
The Saudi-Qatar Debate
Meanwhile, Reuters reported that talks between Qatar and Saudi Arabia have broken down to end Qatar’s problems. Discussions have been held since last October. The Saudi side has accused Qatar of refusing to change its old stance.
The demands were dismissed
The US has requested the GCC countries to resolve the issues through negotiations. Discussions followed. The Saudi alliance rejected Qatar’s three demands.
Qatar’s citizens are required to travel to all countries in the GCC, to obtain permission to use Qatar flights to use other countries’ airways, and to open a one-off agreement with Saudi Arabia.
Saudi representatives said
However, the Saudi delegation disagreed with the decision. Saudi Arabia said Qatar must first make major changes in its foreign policy. Reuters quotes three representatives as saying Saudi has called for a change in Qatar’s support for rebels in the Arab world.
Held in December
However, neither Saudi nor Qatar has officially responded to any of the talks. The details of the most recent December debate are now out. The GCC summit was held in Riyadh in December. Qatar’s emir was not present.
Just a slight improvement
Immediately after the announcement of the embargo, the Saudi alliance pledged 13 options to Qatar. Qatar has pushed for alternatives, including shutting down Al Jazeera. Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed has previously reported to Reuters that there is little progress in talks with Saudi Arabia.