Meltdown between Saudi and Qatar; Arab states open borders

After weeks of anticipation, Kuwait Foreign Minister HE Sheikh Dr Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, on Monday night announced that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have reached an agreement to open airspace, land and sea borders.

The new agreement will pave the way to resolve the three-year-old boycott imposed by Riyadh and its allies.

“Based on Kuwait’s ruler Sheikh Nawaf’s proposal, it was agreed to open the airspace and land and sea borders between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Qatar, starting from this evening,” Kuwait minister announced.

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani received a formal invitation from Saudi King Salman to the January 5 summit of the six-nation GCC.

Kuwait’s late Emir, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who died last year, has been a key player in mediating between Qatar and four Arab states.

In June 2017, Saudi led Arab countries, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a blockade on Qatar, that siege the peninsula for the next three years.