Saudi Arabia and Qatar to reopen their respective embassies

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed ben Salman with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim ben Hamad Al-Thani, January 5, 2021 .. VIA REUTERS - BANDAR ALGALOUD

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For more than three years, Saudi Arabia and its allies had unilaterally severed diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar.

The tiny gas emirate was accused of being too close to Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. 


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From our regional correspondent


Nicolas Keraudren

Since the announcement of the thaw between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, signs of opening between the two Gulf monarchies have intensified.

This weekend, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan announced the reopening of an embassy in Qatar in the coming days.

A "

logistics affair

" according to him which will mark, in any case, the resumption of full diplomatic relations between Riyadh and Doha.

Last week, the two countries had already reopened their common borders after three and a half years of closure.

For example, direct commercial links provided by Saudia and Qatar Airways have resumed.

For their part, two of Saudi Arabia's allies in this Gulf crisis - namely the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain - have also announced the reopening of their airspace with Qatar.

But so far, only the low-cost airline Air Arabia has officially promised to resume flights to Doha from the emirate of Sharjah.


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