In 2017, the countries that blocked the blockade published a 13-point list of demands, including the closure of Al Jazeera Media Network in Qatar.
The closure of Al Jazeera Media Network, as requested by the four blockade countries in 2017, was not discussed during discussions to resolve the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis that pitted Qatar against its Arab neighbors. the Gulf, said Qatar’s foreign minister.
Following the severance of relations in 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain published a 13 point list of requests to end the blockade, including shutting down Qatar’s media network Al Jazeera.
On Tuesday, Gulf leaders signed a “solidarity and stability” agreement to end the diplomatic split with Qatar at a summit in Saudi Arabia.
Subsequently, the Saudi Arabian foreign minister announced that full relations would resume between Qatar and the four countries.
Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani told Al Jazeera on Wednesday that the issue of shutting down the network had not been raised during the talks.
“The issue of Al Jazeera has not been raised. It is an institution of which we are proud, its media professionals and its presence in Qatar, ”he said.
“We guarantee freedom of expression and the issue of Al Jazeera must be dealt with in a positive and constructive manner.”
Sheikh Mohammed added that Doha “has found the will of other parties to resolve the crisis”.
His Emirati counterpart Anwar Gargash said the demands had been a “maximalist negotiating point” designed to put pressure on Doha.
“This is something that we have always said – that the 13 demands, at the time, were considered, what I would call, a maximalist negotiating position,” Gargash told CNN after signing the statement in Saudi Arabia.
“I think that today we find ourselves with broad lines which essentially govern the relations between the member states of the same organization.
“These are what I would call an outline of how this relationship will evolve and I think we are very happy with it and want to build on it,” he added.
On Tuesday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met separately with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at the GCC summit and reviewed the bilateral relations between the two “brother” countries and the means of uphold the Gulf joint action, the Saudi state news agency reported.
The couple publicly kissed at the airport when the Emir of Qatar arrived for the summit.
On the eve of the GCC summit, Kuwait announced that Saudi Arabia had agreed to open land and sea borders with Qatar.
Qatar Airways said on Thursday it had started rerouting some flights in Saudi airspace.
Tonight #Qatar Airways began rerouting some flights through Saudi airspace, with the first scheduled flight being QR 1365, from Doha to Johannesburg at 8:45 p.m. tonight, January 7. pic.twitter.com/wmU7Qq6Mwd
– Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) January 7, 2021