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After Its Four-Year Blockade, the UAE Tries to Reconcile Ties With Qatar

MIN READAug 27, 2021 | 14:00 GMT

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed looks on during a press conference in Abu Dhabi. 

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed looks on during a press conference in Abu Dhabi. 

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The United Arab Emirates is working to improve diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar as Abu Dhabi prepares for a reduced U.S. presence in the region. During a meeting in Doha on Aug. 26, UAE national security advisor Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Qatar’s emir publicly discussed improving their countries’ economic ties. The visit to the Qatari capital indicates the Emiratis are attempting to turn the page on their previously hawkish anti-Qatar policies, which culminated in the Saudi-Emirati-Bahraini-Egyptian blockade of Doha between 2017-2021. Abu Dhabi’s outreach to Doha also comes as the United States is signaling a desire to draw down its military presence in the Middle East to focus more on threats in the Indo-Pacific. ...

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