QATARI-OWNED SPORTS, CHILDREN TV CHANNELS NO LONGER BLOCKED IN U.A.E.

Sports and children TV channels, owned by Qatar, were back on the screens this weekend, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), after being blocked since Jun, amid signs of easing of a diplomatic crisis.

The Doha-based beIN media group, owns beIN Sports channels, which air live sports tournaments in the Middle East, and the channels for children, such as Baraem and Jeem. The channels are no longer banned in the UAE since two UAE telecom providers, Du and Etisalat, confirmed, in text messages and emails to customers.

The beIN-owned channels were blocked since Jun 14, in the wake of the diplomatic rift between Qatar and the Saudi Arabia-led Arab quartet, which also includes the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.

But the Qatari state-owned news channel, Al-Jazeera, and its websites remained banned, so far.

The Saudi-led bloc cut their diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed a blockade on the tiny rich Gulf nation on Jun 5, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs.

Signs of easing of the Qatari crisis emerged recently, after the visits to the Gulf by U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, as well as, by foreign ministers of Britain, Germany and France. Kuwait has also played a role in calming down the tensions, through its intense mediation efforts.

Qatar also revised its anti-terror law over the week, in a bid to show its willingness to end the crisis. This move was welcomed by the UAE, which hailed it as a “positive step.”

UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, said that Qatar’s latest move showed that the pressure “pays off” and could lead to “a sensible change of direction, as a whole

Source: NAM News Network