Twitter users across Saudi Arabia have welcomed a decision to hoist Qatari flags in public in advance of the Arab League summit, saying they hoped it could serve as a starting point for a return to “brotherly relations” between the two neighbours.
Dozens of Qatari flags were raised on lamp posts in the eastern city of Dammam on Thursday, which is due to host the summit on April 15.
Doha has not yet decided on its representation level at the summit.
Last summer, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain collectively severed ties with Qatar, creating one of the biggest crises in inter-Arab relations in recent history.
The four nations accuse Doha of supporting “terrorism”, a claim vehemently denied by Qatar.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar, has repeatedly said he is ready for talks with the quartet, but has refused to give up his country’s sovereignty.
Here’s how some users responded:
Twitter user Boozamal wrote:
Translation: #SaudiandQatarAreOne. No doubt about it. And the evidence is that we are happy to see the flag of Qatar waving in Saudi.
— بوزامل. (@buzamil0) April 12, 2018
Saudi Twitter user @ii6vu wrote:
Translation: #SaudiandQatarAreOne. Our friends, wise people of Qatar, we are your brothers as a nation and leadership.
— ِ (@ii6vu) April 12, 2018
Twitter user Muhammad al-Hussaini wrote:
Translation: #SaudiandQatarAreOne. May Allah reunite us.
— محمد الحصيني (@055mh1) April 12, 2018
Twitter user Basasaam, from Qasim in Buraydah, wrote:
Translation: This hashtag is for the people, those who have dirty policies can stand aside #SaudiandQatarAreOne.
Mazaji Heel wrote:
Translation: #SaudiandQatarAreOne – This is the best hashtag of 2018.
افضل هاشتاق لعام 2018 ❤️
— ﮼مزاجي،حيل🇴🇲، (@mzmz_ali) April 12, 2018
Meanwhile, Egyptian journalist Samy Kamal Eddeen wrote:
Translation: We wish from God that Qatar and Saudi Arabia will return to a state of love, harmony and unity which will put an end to bickering and hatred.
— سامي كمال الدين (@samykamaleldeen) April 12, 2018
Social media users in Qatar also welcomed the news, with Abdulaziz Ale Ishaq writing:
Translation: The people of the Gulf are one … And the people of the Gulf will not be separated by anyone.
كل شعب الخليج واحد …
وكل أهل الخليج لن يفرقهم شيء ولا أحد ..
— عبدالعزيز آل إسحاق (@AbdulazizSay) April 12, 2018
Meanwhile, Amal Abdulmalik wrote:
Translation: I hope this hashtag is the beginning of the end of electronic attacks and bots against Qatar, its emir, and people. We pray to God to protect us from apparent and hidden evils.
اتمنى أن يكون هذا الهاش تاغ بداية لنهاية #الذباب_الإلكتروني وتتلاشى الهاشاغات التي طالما تطاول مغرديها على #قطر وأميرها وشعبها وبناتها، اللهم أكفينا شر الفتن ما ظهر منها وما بطن🇶🇦 #السعوديه_قطر_شعب_واحد
— أمل عبدالملك (@AmalAbdulmalik) April 12, 2018
Slogans in support of Qatar have been among the top topics discussed on Twitter in Arabic, which is a hugely popular medium of expression in the Arab world.