Abu Dhabi crown prince meets Qatari emir in sign strained Gulf ties are improving

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A senior United Arab Emirates official has held talks with the Qatari emir in Doha in the highest level meeting between the two Gulf neighbors since a diplomatic spat erupted earlier this year.

State news media in the two countries said Friday's meeting between Emirati Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani aimed to enhance ties.

Sheikh Mohammed is crown prince of the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi. He plays an active role in the running of the country and is next in line to succeed his half-brother, Emirati President Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is recovering from a stroke.

The Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain recently agreed to reinstate their ambassadors to Qatar after recalling them earlier this year.