26February 2020

Blockading Countries Restored the Provision of Postal Services Addressed to the State of Qatar

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) announced that the blockading countries (Arab Republic of Egypt, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates) have restored the provision of postal services addressed to the State of Qatar. This resumption is the outcome of the meeting that was especially organized and attended by all the concerned countries on January 29, 2020 at the Universal Postal Union (UPU) headquarters in Berne, Switzerland.

This means that in the course of February 2020, the blockading countries will resume postal services to the State of Qatar through a specified third country (Sultanate of Oman). Hence ending the suspension of postal traffic which, they put in place since the beginning of the illegal blockade in June 2017, where postal services companies in the State of Qatar were not able to receive or send postal items to the blockading countries or even to receive and send postal items to other countries through the blockading countries. This situation has affected many citizens and residents in the State of Qatar who use the postal services in commercial services, or to communicate with their relatives and friends in these countries or through them.

Indeed, Qatar Postal Services Company (Q-Post) is ready to resume the postal services with the blockading countries, to protect the rights of postal consumers in the State of Qatar. The CRA is working also with the concerned entities to proceed with the complaint lodged by Qatar based on the UPU Rules, this complaint relates to the blockading countries suspending postal traffic to the State of Qatar. The matter shall be discussed during the UPU’s council of administration meeting which is currently ongoing and attended by a high-level Qatari delegation.