FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres takes part in a news conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York, U.S. REUTERS
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hailed Al-Ula declaration, which was signed on Tuesday at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Saudi Arabia to put an end to the three-year rift between three Gulf Arab states and Egypt with Qatar.
“The declaration recognises the importance of unity among the GCC states and aims to strengthen regional security, peace, stability and prosperity,” Guterres said in a UN statement released by Farhan Haq, the Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
Guterres also hailed the involved parties’ announcement of resumption of air, land, and sea travel with Qatar, according to the UN statement.
“The secretary-general expresses his gratitude to those from the region and beyond, including the late Emir of Kuwait and late Sultan of Oman, who worked tirelessly towards resolving the Gulf rift,” the statement read.
“He trusts that all countries concerned will continue to act in a positive spirit to strengthen their relations,” the statement added.
In a press conference concluding the GCC summit, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan announced the restoration of full ties between the Kingdom and Qatar.