By Ahmed Yusuf


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Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Tuesday received Omani Interior Minister Hamoud bin Faisal Al Busaidi in Doha, Qatar’s official QNA news agency reported.

At the meeting, the two men discussed their countries’ “brotherly relations” and means of enhancing them, according to QNA.

The meeting also reportedly tackled regional and international issues of common concern.

Al Busaidi arrived in Qatar earlier to take part in a two-day Safety and Security summit, which kicked off in Doha on Tuesday.

His visit also comes amid a months-long political crisis pitting tiny Qatar against a four-nation Arab bloc led by Saudi Arabia.

Oman has maintained neutrality in the ongoing dispute, while Kuwait continues to play the role of mediator.

In June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain all abruptly cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorist groups in the region.

The four states have also threatened Qatar with additional sanctions if Doha failed to meet a long list of demands, including one for the closure of Qatari news broadcaster Al Jazeera.

Qatar, however, has so far refused to comply, vociferously denying the accusations against it and describing Saudi-led attempts to isolate it as a breach of international law and its own national sovereignty.