The Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia said that the kingdom expects to reopen its embassy in Doha in the coming days. The announcement comes a week after an agreement ended the four-year-long dispute between Qatar and four Arab countries.
While talking to the news reporters in Riyadh with his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi, Faisal bin Farhan said that as of Saturday the issue was just a matter of logistical problems. He said, “Our embassy will be reopened in Doha within days after completing necessary procedures.” The Saudi foreign minister further added that the kingdom will restore full diplomatic ties with Doha.
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In June 2007, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and Saudi, imposed a trade, diplomatic, and travel embargo on Qatar, including closing its airspaces, alleging Doha of supporting terrorism and close ties with the regime in Iran. Riyadh and its allies put forward a list of fourteen demands for the embargo to end, it included shutting down the state-run Al-Jazeera Network.
On the other hand, Qatari officials categorically denied the accusation leveled by Arab nations and maintained that the blockade only meant to harm the nation’s sovereignty. Earlier this month at a GCC summit, the three-member states of the organization – Bahrain, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia – agreed to lift the embargo following mediation efforts by Kuwait and the Trump administration.
Some flights between the nations have already resumed, while others have reopened their airspace for each other. Last week, Qatar and Saudi Arabia reopened a key land crossing, which is the former’s only land border. Days ago, the Egyptian state media also reported that the government had also reopened its airspace for Doha.
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