Doha: Agreement reached to open airspace, land and sea borders between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Accordingly the border opened tonight, Kuwaiti Foreign Minister HE Sheikh Dr Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah said.
“It was agreed to open the airspace and land and sea borders between the State of Qatar and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, starting this evening,” Kuwait Foreign Minister said.
“The Amir of Kuwait made two calls with the Amir of the State of Qatar and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia in order to sign the Al-Ula summit statement, and it was agreed to open the entire border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia starting from this evening,” he added, as per the peninsula report.
In June 2017, the blockading countries – Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt – accused Qatar, among other things, of supporting terrorism and being too close to Iran and severed economic and diplomatic ties. They also imposed a land, sea and air blockade on Qatar.
Qatar has repeatedly denied the allegations and said there was “no legitimate justification” for the severance of relations.
Kuwait has been mediating between Qatar and four Arab states.
Last month, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) said Qatar’s emir was invited to the bloc’s summit meeting next week in Saudi Arabia amid efforts to heal the rifts.
Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will attend the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit that takes place in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday (05-01-2021).
Sheikh Tamim had received a formal invitation from Saudi King Salman to the six-nation summit.
In remarks carried by the Saudi state-run news agency on Monday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the GCC summit will be “inclusive”, leading the states toward “reunification and solidarity in facing the challenges of our region”, as reported by AlJazeera.