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Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain agree to return ambassadors to Qatar, signaling near end to rift

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, file photo, Qatar's crown prince, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, attends the AFC Asian Cup final soccer match between Japan and Australia in Doha, Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will reinstate their ambassadors to Qatar after withdrawing them in an unprecedented move eight months ago. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, file photo, Qatar's crown prince, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, attends the AFC Asian Cup final soccer match between Japan and Australia in Doha, Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will reinstate their ambassadors to Qatar after withdrawing them in an unprecedented move eight months ago. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • File- This June 27, 2014, file photo shows Saudi King Abdullah listening to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speak before a meeting at the King's private residence  in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will reinstate their ambassadors to Qatar after withdrawing them in an unprecedented move eight months ago. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool,File)

    File- This June 27, 2014, file photo shows Saudi King Abdullah listening to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speak before a meeting at the King's private residence in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will reinstate their ambassadors to Qatar after withdrawing them in an unprecedented move eight months ago. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool,File)  (The Associated Press)

  • File-This April 26, 2011, file photo shows Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, meeting with President Barack Obama, not shown, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will reinstate their ambassadors to Qatar after withdrawing them in an unprecedented move eight months ago. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    File-This April 26, 2011, file photo shows Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, meeting with President Barack Obama, not shown, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will reinstate their ambassadors to Qatar after withdrawing them in an unprecedented move eight months ago. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)  (The Associated Press)

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will reinstate their ambassadors to Qatar after withdrawing them in an unprecedented move eight months ago.

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which also includes Kuwait and Oman, had been rattled by the rift in relations that was widely seen as a result of Qatar's support for Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the region.

A regional security agreement had essentially called on Qatar to stop supporting organizations that threaten the Gulf's stability. Qatar has since forced top Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood figures to leave and seek refuge elsewhere.

The decision to reinstate ambassadors came after rulers of the GCC member-states met in Saudi Arabia and released a statement early Monday heralding the "opening of a new page" in relations.