Bahrain: Qatar rapprochement continues, opposition tensions persist

Risk Management Reports
Issue 1165 - 13 Mar 2023 | 3 minute read

Risk Grade C↑3↓

Qatar rapprochement: Efforts to rebuild relations between Manama and Doha are continuing, following a series of contacts between leading figures from both countries in January and February, including a phone call between Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and Bahrain’s Prime Minister and Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa in late January and a meeting between their foreign ministers in Riyadh in early February

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