20:18 GMT05 March 2021
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    DOHA (Sputnik) - The Saudi Embassy in Qatar will reopen within a few days, following the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two neighbors, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan said on Thursday.

    "All four countries - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt - agree on the importance of reunification with Qatar. Saudi Arabia will open an embassy in Doha within a few days," the minister said in an interview with the Al Arabiya TV channel.

    In 2017, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of meddling and sponsoring terrorism. Several other countries later did the same, while others downgraded their diplomatic ties with Doha and introduced a total blockade of the country. Doha has consistently denied the accusations, insisting that their neighbors' discontent with its economic successes was behind their hostile policies.

    The impasse was overcome in early January, when the Saudi-hosted 41st summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council signed a joint declaration on the restoration of relations with Qatar.


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