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Qatar ruler heads to Saudi Arabia for Gulf summit

Saudi Arabia, Qatar agreed to reopen airspace, borders on Monday, ending years-long Gulf rift

05.01.2021
Qatar ruler heads to Saudi Arabia for Gulf summit

DOHA

Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani left Doha on Tuesday for Saudi Arabia to attend the annual Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit.

According to a statement by the Qatari Royal Court, Sheikh Tamim will lead his country’s delegation to the summit in Al-Ula city, northwest of Saudi Arabia.

The move came after a breakthrough was reached towards resolving the years-long Gulf dispute between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors.

On Monday, Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Ahmad Nasser Al-Sabah announced that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have agreed to reopen their airspace and border starting Monday night.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt imposed a blockade on Qatar in mid-2017, accusing the Gulf state of supporting terrorism, an accusation vehemently denied by Doha.

*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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