RIYADH: The foreign ministers of Qatar and Bahrain met in Riyadh on Wednesday to establish procedures for bilateral talks, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

During the meeting, Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani explored the “necessary mechanisms and procedures to launch discussions at the level of bilateral committees”, the BNA statement went on to say.

Discussions on reviving talks came under the Al-Ula Declaration, issued at the Al-Ula GCC Summit in Saudi Arabia last year, to end the dispute with Qatar and re-unite the Gulf states in the face of regional challenges.

During the meeting at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf in Riyadh, the ministers reiterated the importance of boosting cooperation to support the joint action of the GCC countries and achieve security and prosperity.