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BREAKING: Egypt signs al-Ula agreement for Arab reconciliation with Qatar at GCC summit
Published in Ahram Online on 05 - 01 - 2021

Egypt Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry signed the al-Ula agreement for Arab reconciliation with Qatar, which was signed by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states during the 41st GCC summit held on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced on Tuesday at the GCC summit that the Gulf states had signed an agreement on regional "solidarity and stability" aimed at resolving a three-year embargo against Qatar.
Leaders of the six-member GCC signed two documents, the Al-Ula declaration, named after the Saudi city where the summit was held, and a final communique.
The contents of the declaration and the communique were expected to be released to the press later.
Saudi Arabia led a coalition of an Arab quartet including the UAE, Bahraiin and Egypt that cut ties and transport links with Qatar in June 2017, charging that it was too close to Iran and backed terrorist groups -- allegations Doha has always denied.
"An agreement has been reached to open airspace and land and sea borders between Saudi Arabia and Qatar as of this evening," Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Ahmad Nasser al-Sabah said Monday on Kuwait TV ahead of the summit.
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