Dubai: Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain are resuming postal services to Qatar - frozen during a diplomatic rift that’s lasted nearly three years - following a similar move by the UAE earlier this month.
“The decision by Saudi Arabia to resume international postal exchanges with Qatar via Oman shows that countries are taking a constructive approach to this matter,” a spokesperson for the UN’s Universal Postal Union said Monday.
Saudi Post will resume mail service to Qatar from Tuesday, a spokesman for the company said. Egypt restored it from February 17, according to messages sent by the countries to the UPU for global distribution to postal operators. Bahrain is also restoring the service, the UPU said in a statement. The countries, like the UAE, will be routing mail through Oman; there are no direct flights between the countries and Qatar.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar for its support of terrorism and its interference in their domestic affairs.
“I warmly welcome the resumption of international postal exchanges between these countries via transit through Oman,” UPU director general Bishar Hussain said in a statement.
“All of the countries, including Oman, deserve praise for their commitment and dedication to ensuring that postal items continue to be exchanged and delivered over the Union’s single postal territory.”