AL-ULA: Gulf Arab leaders arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for a summit targeted on ending a long-running dispute with Qatar which shattered Gulf unity.
Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani was met within the historic metropolis of al-Ula by de facto Saudi ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The 2 males, carrying face masks, embraced on the tarmac.
Forward of the gathering, Kuwait introduced that Saudi Arabia, which together with allies boycotted Doha in mid-2017, would reopen its airspace and borders to Qatar below a deal senior US official stated can be signed within the presence of White Home senior adviser Jared Kushner.
Different Gulf leaders arrived earlier and a supply stated Egypt’s international minister would attend the annual summit, postponed from its December date as Riyadh labored for a deal.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and different Gulf nations severed diplomatic, commerce and journey ties with Qatar over allegations Doha helps “terrorism”, a cost it denies.
The breakthrough is the newest in a sequence of Center East offers sought by Washington.
Whereas Riyadh made clear it meant to carry the embargo, the opposite three states didn’t instantly touch upon the problem. However the U.S. official stated “it’s our expectation” they might additionally be part of. Beneath the rising deal, Qatar will droop lawsuits associated to the boycott, the official stated.