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Shafaq News / On Friday, the Iraqi government welcomed the return of relations between Saudi Arabia and the State of Qatar to their normal framework, according to its Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The ministry said in a statement received by Shafaq News, “We highly appreciate the efforts and endeavors of the State of Kuwait in this regard, which have led to a comprehensive reconciliation between the two sides.”
Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan announced during a press conference after the Gulf Cooperation Council summit, which opened Tuesday in the Saudi city of Al-Ula, with the participation of the Emir of the State of Qatar, the return of full relations between the boycotting countries and Qatar, including flights.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
The four countries had taken measures to boycott Qatar, including closing its airspace to Qatari planes, preventing commercial dealings with the emirate and stopping Qataris from entering its lands, which caused the separation of family members of mixed nationalities from each other.
After Saudi Arabia closed its airspace, Qatari planes were forced to fly over Iran, the traditional rivals of Riyadh and Washington, and pay exorbitant fees to Tehran for that (more than $ 100 million annually, according to the New York Times).