UAE reopens land, sea, air ports to Qatar following Gulf deal

Jan 8, 2021

The United Arab Emirates will reopen its borders to Qatar starting Saturday, the Emirati Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation introduced Friday, days after the Gulf international locations agreed to renew ties with Doha.  

“The UAE will begin to end all measures taken against the State of Qatar,” the ministry stated in a press release carried by the official WAM News Agency. “The government will work to re-open all land, sea and air ports for inbound and outbound movement.” 

On Thursday, Emirati Foreign Affairs Minister Anwar Gargash introduced that commerce, transport and air travel between Qatar and the 4 Gulf states would resume “within a week” however establishing diplomatic relations might take longer. 

“Some issues are easier to fix and some others will take a longer time,” Gargash stated, in accordance with Reuters. “We have a very good start … but we have issues with rebuilding trust.”

Saudi Arabia and its allies Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed ties with gas-rich Qatar in June 2017, accusing their neighbor of funding terrorism and rising too near Iran and Turkey. Doha denies supporting terrorist teams, however admits to backing Islamist actions together with Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. 

Qatar refused to adjust to the Quartet’s 13 situations for lifting the three-year blockade, together with reducing ties with Iran and shutting down the Qatari-funded Al Jazeera TV community.

The three-year rift drew to an in depth on Tuesday on the annual summit of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, held this yr within the Saudi desert metropolis of Al-Ula. Following mediation from the United States and Kuwait, the Gulf neighbors reached a “solidarity and stability” pact with Qatar to ease the diplomatic and financial blockade. 

On the eve of the Gulf gathering, Saudi Arabia agreed to open its air, land and sea borders to Qatar. On Thursday, Qatar airways introduced on Twitter that it might begin rerouting scheduled flights by way of Saudi Arabia, starting with a flight from Doha to Johannesburg.