Saudi Arabia, Qatar Near US-Mediated Deal to End Standoff

Middle East

Saudia Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain all cut their diplomatic ties to qatar in 2017 and began a blockade against the Middle Eastern country after accusing it of supporting terrorism. qatar has, however, repeatedly denied all claims that it supports terrorist activity.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are expected to reach an agreement over a dispute that has severed diplomatic and economic ties between the two countries and between Qatar and other Gulf neighbors following US-led reconciliation talks this week, three people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg.

​Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser al-Sabah said in a statement read out on Kuwait TV Friday that progress has been made between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

“Fruitful discussion have taken place recently in which all sides expressed their keenness … to reach a final agreement,” Sabah said, thanking Kushner for his “recent efforts,” Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said Saudi Arabia and Qatar had taken “an imperative step towards resolving the Gulf crisis,” Axios reported.

“The interest and security of the people of the Gulf and the region remain our top priority,” he added.

According to Bloomberg, which cited two people with insider knowledge, the deal will likely involve reopening air space and land borders.

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