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Blockade Countries Restore Postal Services to Qatar

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) announced that the blockading countries (the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Arab Republic of Egypt and Kingdom of Bahrain) have restored the provision of postal services addressed to the State of Qatar.

This resumption is the outcome of the meeting that was specially organized and attended by all the concerned countries on Jan. 29, 2020 at the Universal Postal Union (UPU) headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, the CRA said in a statement.

This means that in the course of Feb. 2020, the blockading countries will resume postal services to the State of Qatar through a specified third country (the Sultanate of Oman). Hence ending the suspension of postal traffic which they put in place since the beginning of the blockade in June 2017, where postal services companies in the State of Qatar were not able to receive or send postal items to the blockading countries or even to receive and send postal items to other countries through the blockading countries.

This situation has affected many citizens and residents in the State of Qatar who use the postal services in commercial services or to communicate with their relatives and friends in these countries or through them.

The CRA noted that Qatar Postal Services Company (Q-Post) is ready to resume the postal services with the blockading countries, to protect the rights of postal consumers in the State of Qatar.

Meanwhile, the CRA underlined that it is also working with the concerned entities to proceed with the complaint lodged by the State of Qatar based on the UPU Rules, which is related to the blockading countries suspending postal traffic to the State of Qatar. The matter shall be discussed during the UPUs council of administration meeting which is currently ongoing and attended by a high-level Qatari delegation.

Source: The Peninsula

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