Agreement in the Gulf, embargo on Qatar ends

With US mediation, signing at GCC summit

05 January, 12:19

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JANUARY 5 - A diplomatic crisis that has punctuated regional dynamics in the Gulf for over three years following the 'freezing' of relations between Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on the one hand and Qatar on the other, appears headed for resolution thanks in part to mediation by the United States. First came the announcement of the decision by Riyadh to reopen its borders and airspace to Qatar, then came news of the signing on Tuesday of an accord that puts an end to the three countries' embargo against Doha, which on Monday confirmed the turnaround. The accord is the result of mediation work by Jared Kushner, adviser to and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, who flew to Saudi Arabia to participate in Tuesday's Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Al-Ula, where the signing is scheduled to take place. The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, will participate in the summit for the first time since the embargo was put in place. The agreement contains the adoption of three commitments aimed at strengthening reciprocal trust. In the first, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will take off the block on Qatari transport; for its part, Qatar will annul legal actions against the countries. In addition, the media campaign of accusations among the three countries and Qatar will end. According to the website Axios, the accord was reached in principle during Kushner's last visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar some weeks ago, when he met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Sheikh Tamim. The agreement was polished in recent weeks with additional mediation by Kushner that led to the finalisation of the accord. The move is a clear gesture by the Gulf countries towards the Trump administration, which maintained diplomatic relations the entire time with each of the countries involved. It allows the tycoon to leave a last sign, a legacy, in the complicated relations with the Gulf countries and the Middle East prior to leaving the presidency. It also shows the desire of the countries involved to resolve the issue prior to the arrival of the new US president, Joe Biden.(ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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