Gulf Crisis: Qatar’s Emir sends cable of condolences to UAE President over mother’s death

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani Sunday sent UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan a cable of condolences following the death of his mother, marking the first public direct official communication between the two rivals since the beginning of the Gulf crisis in June.

The President lost his mother Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed Khalifa Al Nahyan on Sunday.

Ties between the two countries abruptly cut off in June after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt accused Qatar of sponsoring terrorism.

The quartet busted air, sea and ground links with the tiny Gulf country and issued a list of 13 conditions to fulfill before normalization of ties. Qatar brushed off the accusation and said the list was made to be rejected. It included reduction of ties with Iran, suspension of Turkey’s military buildup in Qatar and closure of Doha-based al Jazeera news network.

Tension, since the beginning of this month, escalated between Qatar and the UAE, bringing the two on the edge of military confrontation.

Qatar said it referred to the UN for the violation of its air space on two occasions by an UAE military aircraft that intruded into its air space.

Abu Dhabi hit back accusing Qatari fighter jets of intercepting two of its commercial flights bound for Bahrain.

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