Documentation on the World Trade Organisation's website has confirmed that Qatar has asked for its dispute with The United Arab Emirates to be halted - and it has been accepted with immediate effect.

Qatar had raised a dispute relating to 'trade in goods and services, and trade-related Aspect of Intellectual Property Rights' with a panel from the WTO to conclude in March the outcome of the organisation.

News of the suspension of the investigation - at the request of Qatar - has sparked hope among Toon fans as some interpret this move as good news for Doha's relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Qatar had raised a dispute against the UAE back in September 2018 with the Gulf blockade against the country then at its peak. UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain were effectively isolating Qatar from the region as all boarders were shut.

The dispute included a 'trade-related Aspect of Intellectual Property Rights' with documents showing Qatar felt it unfair that the UAE had allegedly blocked the broadcasting of programmes which 'Qatari nationals hold the copyrights and related broadcasting rights'.

It was labelled as 'coercive attempts at economic isolation' by Qatar.

A similar dispute was raised against Saudi Arabia with regards the protection of intellectual property rights, which the WTO concluded that Saudi Arabia did not do enough to project Qatari broadcast, nor do enough to punish or deter those committing the piracy - namely linked to beIN Sports.

Saudi Arabia has appealed the decision and the final outcome remains on hold - however news of Qatar ending a WTO dispute with the UAE has sparked intrigued.

Documents seen by Chronicle Live show:

If the suspension of the panel goes on for longer than 12 months, the dispute becomes void.

This follows the signing of the Al-Ula Agreement in which Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states agreed to lift the blockade on Qatar and re-open the borders.

This agreement alone boosted the hope of some that a Newcastle United takeover led by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund PIF, may eventually come back to the table as relations in the Middle East thawed.

Piracy, given that Qatar's beIN Sports is the Premier League's Middle East rights holder, is thought to have played some part in the deal not going through.

Sources at the WTO refused to comment on any developments between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Expert in Gulf relations Dr Kristian Ulrichsen, an associate fellow at Chatham House and member of Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy shared his view on the latest news.

"The mending of relations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar does potentially offer a path forward for reviving the Newcastle deal," he told Chronicle Live.

"As Qatar is reported to have withdrawn its international legal and arbitration cases in return for the lifting of the blockade - although the precise details of the agreement remain undisclosed."