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Qatar has not received any invitation to two regional summits to discuss last week’s drone strikes on Saudi oil installations and the attack of Saudi and UAE oil tankers. Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of being behind the drone strikes, but Iran has denied any involvement in the attacks. Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Affairs minister Adel al-Jubeir, said that Saudi Arabia had no intention to go to war against Iran but stood ready to defend itself. Al Jubeir also…

Qatar has asked authorities in Saudi Arabia to remove “obstacles and restrictions” for its residents wishing to perform the Hajj pilgrimage, as the two Gulf countries enter a nearly 2-year dispute. In a statement, the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affaires (Awqf) requested that pilgrims from Qatar get access to the same facilities as other pilgrims in the Gulf. Direct flights from Doha to Jeddah are still not allowed for airlines. The land border to…

Qatar would not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless those countries restore diplomatic and travel ties with the country. FIFA has ruled that Gulf countries would have to end the blockade of Qatar to be eligible to co-host the 2022 World Cup. According to an 81-page feasibility study, FIFA’s ruling council is in favor of supporting an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams despite…