Three Qatari coastguard vessels stopped two boats belonging to their Bahraini counterparts, the latter’s Inside Ministry has mentioned. The transfer comes amid an ongoing blockade of Qatar by Arab states.
The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon native time, when Bahraini coastguard boats had been returning after collaborating in maritime workouts within the Arabian Sea, in line with the ministry. It added that three patrols of Qatar’s Coastal and Border Safety Forces had been concerned.
Nonetheless, the Bahraini boats had been then allowed to go away and proceed their actions, the assertion mentioned.
The ministry described the transfer as “inconsistent with the Gulf safety settlement” between the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in addition to with “conventions and treaties associated to the worldwide legislation of the ocean.”
Bahrain will notify the GCC, the ministry mentioned, and expressed hope that such an occasion wouldn’t be repeated.
The incident comes after indicators of progress just lately emerged in talks on ending a three-year blockade of Qatar by Arab states. In 2017, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar, and severed diplomatic and transport ties with Doha, after accusing it of supporting “terrorism.” Qatar has denied all of the allegations.
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Saudi Arabian Overseas Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud mentioned late final week that Riyadh is in search of a means of resolving the three-year rift. Nonetheless, he added that the tip of the blockade is determined by addressing safety considerations.
The US State Division’s high diplomat for the Center East, David Schenker, cautiously predicted in September that progress could also be made inside weeks within the talks to finish the blockade.
In September 2017, Bahrain additionally accused Qatar of seizing three boats with 16 sailors on board. That seizure raised to 15 the variety of boats seized, and the variety of sailors in Qatari custody to 20, Bahraini officers mentioned. They dated among the boat seizures again to 2009.
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