On Thursday, Bahrain’s Interior Ministry stated that Qatar has liberated a bodybuilding champion and two other Bahrainis arrested during fishing trips.
On Sunday, Manama required Qatari authorities to liberate bodybuilder Sami Al Haddad, who was detained along with a citizen on Friday in the third such incident in recent months and happened after that Bahrain and its Arab allies agreed to finish a political dispute with Doha.
In a statement, the Interior Ministry declared that Qatari authorities have liberated a Bahraini sailor detained in December. It also stated that their vessels were seized; adding that Bahrain’s embassy in Oman confirmed that the Bahraini citizens have arrived there. But, there was any instant comment from Qatari authorities.
Furthermore, Manama declared on Sunday that it would reopen its airspace to Qatar as of Jan. 11 under a US-backed agreement earlier this month to stop the conflict. Indeed, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt cut relations with Qatar in mid-2017.
However, the four nations have restarted air relations with Qatar, and a senior Emirati official said that reestablishing diplomatic relations would take more time as parties rebuild trust.
Because of charges that Qatar supports terrorism, the four states imposed the boycott, while Doha denies that accusation and stated that the embargo aims to curtail its sovereignty.