Saudi Arabia to ‘reopen border with Qatar’: Live news

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Announcement by Kuwait, on the eve of the Gulf Cooperation Council summit, could pave the way towards resolving the GCC crisis.

Saudi Arabia will reopen its airspace and land and sea border with Qatar as of Monday, Kuwait’s foreign minister said.

The announcement, which comes on the eve of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, could pave the way towards resolving a political dispute that led Riyadh and its allies to impose a boycott on Qatar.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a diplomatic, trade and travel boycott on Qatar in June 2017, accusing Doha of supporting “terrorism” and having ties with Iran that were deemed too close.

Qatar has repeatedly denied the allegations and said there was “no legitimate justification” for the severance of relations.

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46 mins ago (19:31 GMT)

Qatar’s emir to attend Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will attend a GCC summit in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

Sheikh Tamim had received a formal invitation from Saudi King Salman to the six-nation summit.

48 mins ago (19:29 GMT) GCC summit to lead towards ‘reunification and solidarity’

In remarks carried by the Saudi state-run news agency, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the GCC summit will be “inclusive”, leading the states towards “reunification and solidarity in facing the challenges of our region”.

“HRH Crown Prince reasserted that the upcoming GCC summit shall be a summit to close the ranks and unify the stance and to enhance the march of the good and prosperity, adding that we will translate through the summit,” the statement said.

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