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Saudi Arabia embargo 'to be lifted'

January 5, 2021 1:13 pm
Centred on its capital Doha, Qatar has a population of 2.6 million, but only about 300,000 of these are Qatari nationals. [Source: BBC]

Kuwait has said that Saudi Arabia is reopening its land and sea borders to Qatar in a breakthrough in a long-running dispute that has pitted Qatar against several of its Gulf neighbors.

The move comes ahead of a summit of the Gulf Co-operation Council to be held in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

A senior US official said an agreement to end the rift would be signed.

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Qatar’s neighbours imposed an embargo on Qatar three-and-a-half years ago, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

The UAE, Bahrain and Egypt joined the Saudis in maintaining the diplomatic, trade and travel embargo.

Qatar, a tiny but immensely wealthy Gulf state, has always denied supporting jihadist militancy.

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