On Tuesday, the Saudi Football Federation said on Twitter that it has accepted the invitation to participate in the Gulf Cup (24 November – 6 December) held in Qatar. This competition brings together all the states of the Persian Gulf (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar), including Yemen.
In two separate communiques, the UAE and Bahrain Federations also announced their participation.
On 5 June 2017, however, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain – and Egypt – broke diplomatic ties and imposed economic sanctions on Qatar, which they accuse of supporting radical Islamist groups. he denies – and being very close to Iran. These announcements signal a possible beginning of relaxation between these countries and Doha.