CAIRO – 22 December 2017: Saudi authorities ‘permanently’ shut Salwa crossing that links Saudi Arabia with Qatar, news outlets reported Tuesday.
The Salwa border gate has been shut since Monday, according to a document issued by Saudi Arabia’s customs directorate.
The crossing is controlled by Saudi interior and finance ministries. It provides services related to passports and customs.
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On June 5, 2017, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, charging the latter with interference in their internal affairs.
Saudi Arabia subsequently ordered Qatari citizens in Saudi Arabia to leave within 14 days. On June 18, Saudi Arabia shut the Salwa crossing, following the deadline.
In August, King Salman of Saudi Arabia decided to allow Qatari pilgrims to access the country through the Salwa crossing, to be shut again on Monday.
In 2014, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors in Qatar, after they failed to stop Qatar from interfering in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries’ internal affairs, according to a statement issued by the three countries.