Bahrain’s crown prince and the Qatari emir have held a phone conversation, according to Bahraini state media,

in a sign the two Gulf states could move towards repairing ties two years after the lifting of a regional boycott of Qatar.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in January 2021 ended a three-and-half-year blockade on Qatar

but since then there have been no bilateral discussions between Doha and Manama to resolve differences.

BNA state news agency said that in Wednesday’s call with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Bahrain’s Crown Prince

and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa “emphasised the importance of joint efforts to resolve all outstanding differences”.

“It was also agreed that officials from both countries will continue to communicate to achieve common goals,” BNA’s readout of the call added.