Gulf countries have decided to resume diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar, which were interrupted in 2017.
An agreement to end the diplomatic boycott of Qatar was signed at the summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, held Tuesday, January 5, in the Saudi city of El Oula, Al Arabiya reported.
Representatives from Bahrain, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar are participating in the summit, the first since 2017.
The reconciliation agreement aims to normalize relations with Doha and includes lifting the blockade, opening airspace, and sea and land borders with Qatar.
“I thank the Gulf leaders for these bold steps. The summit has played an important role in strengthening brotherhood and stability in the region,” said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who presided over the summit.
Jared Kushner, senior adviser, and son-in-law to the U.S. president was present at the summit and participated in the talks.
Recall that in June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt severed diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs.
The Qatari authorities have repeatedly denied such accusations, calling them groundless.