His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani the Emir of the State of Qatar
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On August 11th, 2021, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-THANI named an ambassador to Saudi Arabia after Riyadh in June reinstated its envoy to Doha, in another sign of improved ties after rival Gulf States agreed this year to end a long-running dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain decided in January 2021 to restore political, trade and travel ties that had been severed in mid-2017. The four blocking countries accused Qatar of backing armed groups and of being too close to Iran. The allegations were vehemently denied by Qatar.

During the regional spat, Qatar rejected the Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain demands – which included that it shut down the Al Jazeera Media Network and expel a small contingency of Turkish troops from its territory.

Bandar Mohamed Abdullah Al ATTIYAH is the name of the first ambassador to Saudi Arabia that was the first such appointment since the 2017 GCC crisis erupted.

This comes just two months after Doha received its first Saudi Ambassador Prince Mansour bin Khalid bin FARHAN in June 2021, which was seen as a major step to restoring ties between the two neighboring countries.

The ambassador Al ATTIYAH previously was Qatar’s ambassador to Kuwait from 2018 until 2021. Prior to that, the official represented Doha in Jordan.

Al ATTIYAH, according to media reports is also the son of army commander Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al ATTIYAH and the brother of Minister of State for Defence Affairs Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al ATTIYAH.


This article was edited using the data from the Aljazeera.com, Middleeastmonitor.com, Reuters.com, Qna.org, Dohanews.com and, Mofa.gov.qa

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