NEW YORK, December 3. / TASS /. Saudi Arabia and Qatar may soon reach preliminary agreements that would lead to the improvement of relations between the two countries. This was reported on Wednesday by the business news agency Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the negotiations mediated by Washington.
According to people familiar with the matter, the agreements that can probably be reached in the near future will imply the opening of borders and airspace between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. In addition, it is assumed that the agreement between the two countries will put an end to the information war, as well as serve as the basis for a number of other steps towards the restoration of bilateral relations. Bloomberg emphasizes that the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, which have also previously announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Qatar, do not plan to participate in the upcoming deal.
The agency emphasizes that Kuwait-mediated attempts to mend relations between the two countries could end with success following a visit to the region this week by senior adviser and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump Jared Kushner. Axios news portal noted on Sunday that Kushner plans to travel to Saudi Arabia and Qatar to reconcile Doha with the other capitals of the Gulf states. According to the American side, the settlement would return a sense of stability to the region and would become one of the achievements of the current administration before the change of the head of the White House on January 20, 2021.
In the summer of 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs. This was followed by economic sanctions and a transport blockade of the emirate. Countries, in particular, have closed airspace for Qatari aviation.