Saudi Arabia lifts three-year Gulf blockade.

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Saudi Arabia lifts three-year Gulf blockade of Qatar. Sheikh Tamim al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, left, was welcomed by Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, to a summit today in Alula Royal Council of Saudi Arabia / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images, 2021.

Saudi Arabia lifts three-year Gulf blockade of Qatar. Sheikh Tamim al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, left, was welcomed by Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, to a summit today in Alula Royal Council of Saudi Arabia. Image Credit: Anadolu Agency / Getty Images, 2021.

Saudi Arabia lifts three-year Gulf blockade of Qatar.

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Saudi Arabia ended a three-year blockade of its neighbour Qatar today, opening borders and air space with immediate effect. Sheikh Tamim al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, flew to Saudi Arabia for a summit of Gulf states that will seal renewed ties, after Riyadh abandoned a standoff that had been a running sore for Western policy in the region. The long-awaited announcement made no reference to the list of grievances that Saudi Arabia and its allies, such as the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, had expressed towards Qatar. This suggested that few, if any, concessions had been made in return.

The three allies and Egypt, which also joined the blockade, are important security partners for the United States. President Trump was partly blamed for the decision.

 

Information and Image have been shared from an Article by Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent, published at The Times, London, UK on January 5th, 2021. Image Credit: Anadolu Agency / Getty Images, 2021.


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