Saudi Arabia and Qatar to open air, land and sea borders

05 January


Saudi Arabia will open its land, air and sea borders with Qatar. This was announced by Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Ahmad Nasser al-Sabah, Reuters reported.

"An agreement has been reached tonight to open the air, land, and sea borders between Saudi Arabia and Qatar," he said. The politician noted that the agreement would be signed during the Gulf Summit to be held in Riyadh on January 5.

For his part, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince noted that the upcoming summit would be a unifying event.

In the summer of 2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt announced that they had severed diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs. This was followed by economic sanctions and a transport blockade of the emirate. The countries, in particular, closed the airspace for Qatari aviation. Qatar called the decision of its Arab neighbors unreasonable. Later, the "Quartet" formed a list of requirements that Doha considered unrealizable and called to reconsider. These included lowering the level of diplomatic relations with Iran, closing the Al Jazeera TV channel, ending military cooperation with Turkey and eliminating the Turkish military base in Qatar.


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