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Saudi Arabia restores diplomatic ties with Qatar after three-year rift


Journalists watch the display as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, forward of the forty first Gulf Cooperation Council summit within the metropolis of Al-Ula in Saudi Arabia on Jan. 5, 2021.

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Saudi Arabia has reinstated diplomatic relations with Qatar, greater than three years after Riyadh and a number of other Arab nations severed ties with Doha.

It comes as Kuwait, a mediator for either side, introduced that Saudi Arabia is reopening its airspace, sea and land borders with Qatar.

Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for the primary time for the reason that dispute erupted in 2017. He was there to attend the annual Gulf Cooperation Council summit within the historic metropolis of Al-Ula.

Relations among the many Arab nations soured in 2017, when Saudi Arabia and its allies — the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt — imposed a diplomatic, commerce and journey blockade on Qatar. They accused the tiny Gulf nation of supporting terrorism and of being too near Iran, allegations that Doha has at all times denied.

The dispute plunged the area right into a diplomatic disaster not seen for the reason that 1991 conflict in opposition to Iraq, and uncovered deep ideological variations within the area.

Al-Thani in 2018 stated the dispute was a “futile crisis,” and that Qatar preserved its sovereignty regardless of “aggression” from its neighbors.

Saudi-owned media Al-Arabiya additionally reported on Tuesday that Egypt has agreed to reopen its airspace to Qatar.

Forward of the summit, the UAE’s Minister of State for International Affairs, Anwar Gargash, stated in a tweet the GCC assembly will restore Gulf cohesion. He added: “There may be nonetheless work to be performed and we’re in the best path.”

Restoring diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is a part of Washington’s newest effort to dealer offers within the Center East. In a diplomatic win for President Donald Trump, the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco normalized relations with Israel in 2020.

Turkey’s ministry of international affairs on Monday welcomed the reopening of borders between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

“It’s our hope {that a} complete and lasting resolution to this battle might be reached on the idea of mutual respect to sovereignty of all nations and that each one different sanctions in opposition to the Qatari individuals might be lifted as quickly as attainable,” the ministry said in a press release.

— CNBC’s Ryan Browne and Mila Latoof contributed to this report.