No let up in Bahrain-Qatar tensions

Issue 1118 - 21 Jan 2021

Disputes continue to fester between Doha and Manama, despite the early January Gulf Co-operation Council reconciliation deal. Bahrain has reopened its airspace to Qatari aircraft and invited Doha to send an official delegation to iron out bilateral issues, but it has also complained bitterly about its fishing boats being detained after allegedly straying into Qatari waters. The arrest of Bahraini bodybuilder Sami Al-Haddad earlier this month while on a fishing trip was a particular bone of contention.

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