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Jan 20, 2021

Egypt stated Wednesday that it and Qatar had agreed to resumed diplomatic relations, additional ending the longstanding rift within the area.

The two states agreed to reestablish ties, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. Qatar has but to make an official remark.

The announcement pertains to the Qatar diplomatic disaster that started in 2017. At the time, Saudi Arabia and its allies Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates closed their borders to Qatar and severed relations. The quartet accused Doha of supporting terrorism. They additionally disagreed with Qatar’s comparatively pleasant relations with Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Amid encouragement from the United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, the UAE and the opposite members of Gulf Cooperation Council on Jan. 5 signed a “solidarity” pact. Saudi Arabia reopened its borders with Qatar the day prior and Bahrain adopted swimsuit final week.

The mending didn’t instantly embody a resumption of diplomatic relations, nonetheless. An Emirati official stated final week that standard relations would take time to reestablish and the international locations would resume travel and commerce ties within the meantime. Saudi Arabia will reopen its embassy in Qatar in a number of days, Reuters reported.

Also, Qatar Airways introduced the resumption of flight companies to Cairo on Monday.

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