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Saudi Arabia and Qatar reopen airspace and maritime bordersTOP STORY6 Jan 2021 / ChemCourier. Polyolefins Market Weekly / regulations

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Saudi Arabia and Qatar have reached an agreement to reopen their airspace and maritime borders from 4 January onwards after over three years of coldness, according to Kuwaiti officials.

The foreign Minister of Kuwait Ahmad Nasser Mohammed al Sabah has informed that the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Mawaf al Ahmad al Sabah, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman participated in negotiations, providing recommendations for both parties.

As a result, the Emir of Qatar attended the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting on 5 January, representing Saudi Arabia there for the first time in three years.

Jared Kushner, the senior adviser of the US President Donald Trump, also contributed to better relations between the two countries and was invited to the GCC summit, according to a senior US administration official.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, the UAE were in conflict with Qatar since 2017 when they accused it of supporting terrorism and destabilising the region. Qatar called these claims ‘unjustified’ and ‘baseless’ then.

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