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Saudi Foreign Minister Farhan said the kingdom “will re-establish full diplomatic relations with Qatar”.

Saudi Arabia plans to reopen its embassy in Doha in the coming days, the kingdom’s foreign minister said, following a deal last week that ended a three-year-old dispute between four countries. Arabs and Qatar.

Asked about the embassy’s reopening, Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan told reporters in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on Saturday that the issue was just a matter of logistics.

“Our embassy will be reopened in Doha in the days following the completion of the necessary procedures,” he said at a press conference with his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi.

The kingdom’s top diplomat said Saudi Arabia “will restore full diplomatic relations with Qatar”.

Saudi Arabia and its allies – the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt – imposed a diplomatic, trade and travel embargo on Qatar in June 2017, which included the closure of the country’s airspace because of allegations that he worked to support “terrorism” and was also close to Iran.

The countries have published a list of 13 demands to be met for the blockade to end, including the closure of the Doha-based Al Jazeera media network.

Doha vehemently denied the claims and demands, saying the blockade was aimed at undermining its sovereignty.

Three of the Gulf Cooperation Council members – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain – from the quartet agreed to lift restrictions at a GCC summit earlier this month in the Saudi desert town of Al -Ula after the mediation of the outgoing President of the United States, Donald Trump. administration as well as another member of the GCC, Kuwait.

Countries have opened their airspaces to each other and some flights resumed.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar too reopened an important land crossing last week on the only land border of the latter.



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