Qatar-Saudi border reopens after thaw

Qatar and Saudi Arabia reopened their land border on Saturday, Qatari sources told AFP, as they restore ties following a landmark deal to end a three and a half year rift. Saudi shut its side of Qatar’s only land border in June 2017 as part of a package of sanctions it said was a response to Doha’s alleged backing of “radical Islamist groups” and “closeness to Iran”. Qatar always denied the charges. “Yes, the border is open,” said one Qatari source, while another confirmed that traffic at the Abu Samrah crossing, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Doha, resumed around 0700 GMT. Saudi Arabia, a…

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