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Saudi Arabia to open Doha embassy 'within days'

The latest development was confirmed by the Saudi foreign minister [Getty]

Date of publication: 16 January, 2021

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The Saudi embassy in Doha will resume all operations within days, the kingdom's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said on Saturday.
Saudi Arabia on Saturday confirmed plans to reopen its embassy in the Qatari capital within days.

The kingdom’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said the reopening of the diplomatic mission in Doha includes the restoration of full relations between the two countries after a three-year dispute that ended with the signing of the Al-Ula Declaration earlier this month.

“Al-Ula Declaration will positively affect the role of the Gulf Cooperation Council,” the FM said in a meeting with his Jordanian counterpart on Saturday.

In 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut all ties and enacted a blockade on Qatar that included closing airspace to Qatari planes over claims Doha backs Islamist groups and was too close to Iran. Doha always denied the charges.

Read also: Qataris crossing into Saudi Arabia welcomed with roses after border reopens

On January 5, members of the GCC announced the end of the three-year long dispute during a meeting at the annual summit in the Saudi kingdom.

The move finally lifted air, land and sea restrictions on Qatar and all parties involved announced plans to restore formal ties with Doha.

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