Thanks to Salaam Radio, the state-owned Philippine media outlet for making a live interview with us Tuesday to talk on the reopening of borders between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The breakthrough event happened one day before the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit takes place in KSA in the attendance of Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
I was in Saudi Arabia for two decades as bilingual writer of its leading English daily, Arab News and sister Arabic newspapers.
“Saudi Arabia reopened its airspace, land and sea borders with Qatar on Monday, in a breakthrough agreement aimed at ending the three-year diplomatic dispute with Doha” said Arab News report.
KSA ambassador to the Philippines Dr. Abdullah Albussairy has acknowledged our initiative through text messages in Arabic yesterday.
Answering to the significance of such reunion among others, I told Salam Radio that Philippines and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) would definitely benefit from such move economically.
We are now comfortable in dealing with two brotherly nations. They are all of great help to our people.
Saudi Arabia is a heavy weight player in the region, in the Middle East and had historically huge Investments in the Philippines in oil sector and agriculture in Mindanao. KSA is employing thousands of Filipinos in all fields.
Saudi Arabia and Philippines have inked US$500 million business deals during the State visit of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to the Middle East. This needs to be revived by a trusted friend of KSA.
Both countries (KSA and Qatar) are Islamic countries and interested to aid their brothers in faith in the country through livelihood and Investment partnerships.
They are eyeing opportunities in BARMM for a long range investment opportunity especially in food security and manpower.
Qatar officials and its top business delegation already visited the Philippines several times for a serious investment talks and in fact some Qatari are already in the Philippines market for the same.
Qataris are also into Islamic Banking business and had serious talks with Amanah Islamic Investment Bank of the Philippines since the beginning of Duterte administration.
I was my self in Saudi Arabia in February last year and was invited by
Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority (SAMA) to Saudi Banks high profile forum and exhibition where I had meetings with major bankers. Some of them supposed to be here last year itself. Unfortunately Covid-19 prevented them to do so.
In conclusion, the reconciliation move spearheaded by Kuwait is very welcome development for the Muslim world and BARMM that would benefit from the generosity of the two GCC-rich countries. AHMT