Politics

January 05, 2021

Saudi Arabia restores diplomatic relations with Qatar

photo credit: U.S. Secretary of Defense (Flickr) 

The Gist

Diplomatic ties have been restored between Qatar and four Arab states that imposed an embargo against it for three years. 

The List

  • According to Kuwait, a mediator for both sides, Saudi Arabia is now reopening its airspace, sea, and land borders with Qatar. 
  • Prince Faisal bin Farhad said that “All the outstanding [issues], whether returning of diplomatic relations, flights, will go back to normal". 
  • Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar in 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism. 
  • Doha always denied the accusation and rejected the conditions for ending the partial blockade. 
  • The dispute was deadlocked until Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, together with Kuwaiti and US mediators, stepped up efforts to end the crisis. 

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