Bloomberg: Saudi Arabia and Qatar are close to a preliminary deal...

“Bloomberg” agency, citing informed sources, reported that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are close to a preliminary deal to end the crisis between them, which has been going on for more than 3 years, with the mediation efforts of the American administration.

According to one of the sources to Bloomberg, the deal does not include the remaining three countries that announced the severance of their relations with Qatar in June 2017, namely Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain.

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Gulf sources talk about that the coming hours may witness a breakthrough for the Gulf-Qatari crisis

Gulf sources talk about that the coming hours may witness a breakthrough for the Gulf-Qatari crisis

A source indicated that a wider arrangement is still elusive due to the remaining pending issues, including Doha’s relations with Tehran.

Bloomberg wrote that the potential breakthrough comes after months of relentless diplomatic efforts with Kuwaiti mediation, which bore fruit after the “final momentum” by Jared Kushner, US President Donald ’s son-in-law and his envoy to the Middle East, who visited the Gulf region this week.

According to two sources with the agency, the rapprochement between Riyadh and Doha will likely include reopening the airspace and land borders, ending the “media war” and other steps to build confidence within a detailed plan to gradually restore relations.

Diplomats and analysts pointed out that Saudi Arabia and the UAE were the “driving force” behind the boycott of Qatar, which led to the division of the region, changing the route of flights, and disrupting trade and business. The UAE was more opposed to restoring relations with Qatar, as it preferred to focus on building relations with Israel while showing caution in order to avoid any escalation with Iran.

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For its part, Saudi Arabia is concerned about the prospects for reducing US pressure on Iran with the arrival of the administration of Democrat Joe Biden, which would endanger its oil facilities. Its differences with its ally over OPEC policies are also growing, diplomats and analysts say.

“The shock of the attacks (on ’s facilities) and the apparent lack of the American response to them led to the belated conclusion that the real threat to Saudi security does not come from,” said Chretien Ulrichsen, a Middle East researcher at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Doha, but from other actors in the region. ”

Source: Bloomberg

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