Saudi Arabia reopening airspace, land border with Qatar, says Kuwait

Filed on January 4, 2021

(Reuters file)

The borders will reopen under a deal towards resolving a political dispute.

Kuwait’s foreign ministry on Monday announced that Saudi Arabia will lift a years-long embargo on Qatar, opening its air and land borders in the first steps toward ending the Gulf crisis.

Also read: GCC-SG welcomes borders reopening announcement

The state-run Kuwait News Agency reported the announcement, saying that Saudi Arabia would open its airspace, land and sea borders starting Monday evening.

More on Qatar crisis here.

Kuwait has been mediating between Qatar and four Arab states that launched a boycott in mid-2017.

The announcement comes on the eve of a summit of Gulf Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

Saudi state agency SPA quoted Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as saying the annual gathering of Gulf leaders would unite Gulf ranks “in the face of challenges facing the region”.

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