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Saudi Arabia Welcomes an Agreement with Qatar: First to Solve the Gulf Crisis

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are expected to reach an agreement within a few days as an attempt to ease the gulf crisis which has been going on since 2017. The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Bahrain cut their diplomatic relations with Qatar three years ago and created a blockade under the pretext that Doha supported terrorism, which was later denied by Qatar.

Efforts to reach a final agreement was made by the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in the hopes to put an end to the crisis in the Middle East.  The Qatari Foreign Minister emphasized the importance of Gulf unity for the security of the region, for the stability of the people and the Gulf as a whole. He also spoke about how important it was for the crisis to end for its people to live peacefully.

Kushner, the senior White House advisor was in Saudi Arabia and Qatar in order to conclude to solve the Gulf crisis as a feather in the hat of the Trump administration to achieve a final diplomatic victory before Trump leaves the office.

The first step of the deal would allow Qatar to resume flights via the Saudi airspace in return for which the Qataris would relinquish all international lawsuits it has put forth against Saudi Arabia. This would matter a great deal to the US as they have been long advocates of renewing relations and have finally seen fruits of their relentless efforts. The resolve to solve the airspace issue was in the pipeline since February only to be achieved now.