The joint Qatar-Bahraini higher committee will convene next Monday in Doha as both countries signed an agreement to bolster bilateral ties, reported the official KUNA news agency. The agreement was reached during a visit by Bahrain’s emir Seikh Hamad Al-Khalifa to Doha.
The committee will discuss establishing a bridge linking the two Gulf states and establishing a joint council to promote investment, reported the agency.
Bahrain and Qatar turned a new page in their relations after settling a decades-old territorial dispute through an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling, on March 16. The international arbitration was welcomed by both states.
The ICJ endorsed Bahrain's sovereignty over the Hawar islands and Qitat Jarada island, but the Zubara strip stayed in the hands of the Qatari peninsula, which was also awarded the Fasht Al-Dibel rocks and Jinan island.
The court ruled that Qatari ships had rights of unlimited passage in waters separating the Hawar from other Bahraini islands. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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