Breakthrough in Gulf crisis: Saudi Arabia, Qatar re-open airspace, land, sea borders

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Mon, 04 Jan 2021 - 08:15 GMT

A map of Qatar is seen in this picture illustration June 5, 2017. REUTERS

A map of Qatar is seen in this picture illustration June 5, 2017. REUTERS

CAIRO – 4 January 2021: Saudi Arabia and Qatar agreed to re-open the airspace, land, and sea borders between the two countries as of Monday evening after a hiatus of three years and seven months.
 
Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nasser announced in a statement broadcast on the Kuwaiti T.V. that the two countries agreed on the Kuwaiti proposal to resume the airspace, land, and sea traffic.
 
The rapprochement came during a phone call conducted by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nasser with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad and the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ahead of the 41st session of the Gulf Cooperation Summit (GCC) Summit in Saudi Al Ula Governorate, KUNA reported.
 
“It has been affirmed during the phone call that all parties are keen on reuniting and reunion," he said.
 
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nasser expressed his gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Saudi Crown Prince for the great interest to the success of the summit’s activities. 
 
He also voiced his confidence in the keenness of the leaders of the GCC and Egypt on reaching reconciliation that strengthens cohesion and solidarity and guarantees.
 
Meanwhile, Mohammed Bin Salman affirmed the kingdom’s “solid approach” to achieve “the ultimate interest of the GCC member states and Arab countries.”
 
“HRH Crown Prince reasserted that the upcoming GCC summit shall be a summit to close the ranks and unify the stance and to enhance the march of the good and prosperity, adding that we will translate through the summit, the anticipations of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the leaders of the GCC member states, in order to gather and be in solidarity to face the challenges our region is witnessing,” said Saudi news agency (SPA) on Monday evening.
 
Also, Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hammad announced his participation in the summit, Qatar news agency reported.
 
 
 
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi reiterated the Egyptian policy constants aiming to maintain Arab solidarity, in response to the Kuwaiti efforts to resolve the Gulf crisis between the Arab quartet and Qatar.
 
Sisi’s remarks came as he received on Saturday Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Sabah who carried a message from Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber on January 3, 2021.
 
The message has displayed the latest developments related to the Kuwaiti efforts in unifying the Arab ranks through achieving reconciliation between the Arab quartet, consisting of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE from one side and Qatar from the other side.
 
On June 5, 2017, the four countries decided to cut ties with the oil-rich state of Qatar over accusations of funding terrorism and harboring extremists and wanted-terrorists; charges which Qatar has denied.
 
The Arab quartet issued 13 demands to Doha – then shortened to six principles – which included turning down the provocative voice of its news channel, Al-Jazeera, curbing relations with Iran, and not intervening in the domestic issues of Arab nations.
 

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