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Qatar stops naturalizing Bahrainis: official

Positive results of the recent Riyadh Summit

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Qatar interior minister announced on Tuesday that Qatar has stopped naturalizing Bahrain citizens and praised the positive results of the recent Riyadh Summit which was attended by the GCC leaders, Xinhua reported.

"Qatar has stopped the naturalization process," Interior Minister Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa said, stressing that the results indicated the strength and bonding of Gulf countries that positively reflect on their citizens and the significant role of GCC states in achieving the stability of the Arab nation.

He also said the ongoing security cooperation and coordination between Gulf countries within the ever-increasing changes and threats in the world that require cooperation and reinforcement of joint efforts.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on Sunday announced to returned their ambassadors to Doha, signaling an end to a rift over Doha's support for Islamist groups.

The Gulf leaders announced that they have reached a complementary Riyadh agreement, which will cement the unity of the GCC member states, bolster their vital interests and serve the future of their people.

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