Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s plane landed in Saudi Arabia for the first time since the Gulf crisis broke out two years ago. Late last week, Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani received an invitation from Saudi King Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to attend two summits in Mecca. The events is due to take place on Thursday in Jeddah.

The goal of the summit is to discuss the attacks on Saudi and UAE’s oil tankers and installations. Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of being behind the attack, accusations which have been echoed by US national security advisor John Bolton, according to BBC. Iran has denied any involvement in the attacks.

Qatar Airways tweeted:

“Qatar Airways is landing at Jeddah airport for the first time since the outbreak of the Gulf crisis and the siege of Qatar”

The event is seen as the biggest rapprochement between Qatar and Saudi Arabia since June 2017, when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a diplomatic and economic blockade on the gas-rich nation, on the allegations that it supports terrorism and has close ties with Iran, among other accusations. Qatar has always denies supporting terrorism.

 

 

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Ahmed Naser is a UK-based journalist with a deep understanding of the Middle East. Ahmed is a contributor to a wide range of regional publications in the Middle East. He works across print and digital media as a freelance editor and writer.

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