Qatar crisis explained: As Gulf states end rift, how did we get here?

Qatari Emir Tamim Al-Thani and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s embrace on the tarmac of the Al-Ula airport on Tuesday afternoon marked a major turning point in a three-year rift between Gulf states. The crisis has seen Qatar blockaded by neighbours Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, along with Egypt, since 5 June 2017 after accusations – strongly denied by Doha – that it supports extremist groups and being too close to Iran. Saudi Arabia on Tuesday began to ease its land, air and sea restrictions on Qatar and it is expected that other countries in the quartet will follow suit. The Gul…

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