Bahrain’s prime minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has called Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani to mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan. The phone conversation, described as a rare contact between Qatar and some of its neighbouring countries, took place amid a boycott of the gas-rich nation led by a Saudi coalition.

According to Bahrain News Agency, the conversation was “restricted to exchanging congratulations on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan”.

The call “does not represent the official position of the Kingdom of Bahrain and will not affect its commitments with Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt on the implementation of what Qatar has committed to in 2013 and 2014 and the just demands that had followed”, according to a statement by Bahrain’s cabinet affairs minister.

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017. The Saudi-led quarter accuses Qatar of supporting terrorism, accusations which Qatar has always denied.

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