Embracing Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pushed a deal to end a bitter row with Doha at a Gulf Arab summit on Tuesday to try to shore up an anti-Iran front, although a final declaration contained only a general pledge of solidarity.
The kingdom’s foreign minister said Riyadh and its Arab allies agreed to restore ties with Doha to end a boycott imposed in mid-2017 and strengthen a Gulf Arab alliance against Tehran.
While the communique contained no detailed confirmation of a deal, the apparent breakthrough signaled hope for mending a rift between major U.S. allies two weeks before president-elect Joe Biden takes office and at a time of regional tensions with Iran.
Ahead of the gathering in the city of al-Ula, which was also attended by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, Kuwait announced that Saudi Arabia would reopen its airspace and borders to Qatar. The other three nations have yet to announce similar moves.
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