The Emir of Qatar heads his country’s delegation to the Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday

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Doha / Ahmed Youssef / Anatolia

The Qatari Emiri Court announced, on Monday evening, that Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will lead his country’s delegation to the 41st Gulf summit scheduled for Tuesday in the city of Al-Ula, northwest of Saudi Arabia, according to a statement.

This step represents a new indication of a breakthrough that is likely to be witnessed by the summit on the path to achieving a hoped-for Gulf reconciliation since 2017.

Earlier Monday, Kuwait’s Foreign Minister, Ahmed Nasser Al-Sabah, said in a televised statement that Saudi Arabia and Qatar had agreed, based on a proposal from the Emir of Kuwait, to reopen the airspace and the land and sea borders between the two countries, as of “Monday evening”.

The Qatari Al-Jazeera network reported, on Monday, that “moves to remove barriers on the Qatari-Saudi border have been monitored.”

Al-Sabah stressed that it was also agreed to address all related issues, referring to the implications of the Gulf crisis.

Since June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have imposed a land, air and sea blockade on Qatar, claiming its support for terrorism, which Doha denies, and considers it an “attempt to undermine its sovereignty and independent decision.”

Kuwait has been mediating, for years, to end the worst Gulf crisis since the establishment of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf in 1981, which includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman.

On the eve of the summit, which is being held in the city of “Al-Ula” in northwestern Saudi Arabia, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, said Monday evening that this summit “will unite the class and translate the aspirations of reunification,” according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

So far, the UAE has not announced its level of representation at the summit, while the King of Bahrain, the Sultan of Oman, and others will not attend, amid Kuwaiti confirmation of the participation of the Emir of the country.

Arab and international political circles suggest that the summit will witness the initialing of a document of principles to lay new foundations for Qatari reconciliation with the boycotting countries, or with Saudi Arabia alone as a first step.
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