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According to the Emirati state news agency WAM, official delegations from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar have met in Kuwait for the first time since last month’s agreement to resolve a bitter conflict for more than three years.

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, along with Egypt, cut economic and diplomatic relations with fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member Qatar and placed a blockade of land, sea and air, accusing it of promoting “terrorism” among others.

Qatar consistently dismissed the allegations and reiterated that there was no basis for severing relations.

At a summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, the blockading quartet and Qatar decided in early January to restore diplomatic, trade and travel ties.

On Monday, WAM said that the UAE and Qatari officials who met in Kuwait “discussed joint mechanisms and procedures for the implementation of the Al-Ula declaration.”

It added: “They emphasised the importance of preserving Gulf kinship and developing joint Gulf action in the interest of GCC countries and their citizens, and of achieving stability and prosperity in the region.”

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were thanked by the two delegations for their roles in ending the rift, WAM said, without elaborating on who had attended the meeting.

From Qatar, there was no immediate comment.

Air and transport ties have resumed between Qatar and the four states after last month’s agreement.

In order to address individual problems, each state should arrange bilateral talks with Qatar.

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