The United Arab Emirates has restored mail services to Qatar, frozen for more than two years amid a diplomatic rift, after a regional meeting attended by both Gulf states and the United Nations’ postal agency.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the move indicated a broader mending of ties between the countries mired in a diplomatic dispute that has hurt trade and split the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council at a time of heightened tension with Iran.
The UN’s Universal Postal Union said it hosted a meeting last month in Bern, Switzerland, that brought together officials from the U.A.E, Qatar and other Arab nations involved in the diplomatic impasse. The talks sought to encourage the countries to send post to one another and improve services.
“The discussions were very positive,” UPU spokesman David Dadge said. “Hopefully this is a sign of better arrangements in the future.”
Emirates Post and Qatar Post didn’t immediately respond to emailed requests for comment.
Emirates Post suspended services in June 2017 after the U.A.E. along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding Islamist groups and supporting Iran, charges the government in Doha denies.
Saudi Arabia hosted Qatar’s foreign minister late last year, but such initiatives since appear to have lost momentum.
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