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Jared Kushner brokers deal ends Saudi Arabia's battle with Qatar

Jared Kushner brokers deal ends Saudi Arabia’s battle with Qatar

Saudi Arabia Its allies are expected to sign an agreement Tuesday that formally ends the row with Qatar In a previously negotiated agreement White House Senior government official, adviser Jared Kushner, confirmed on Monday.

Détente – designed for greater isolation Iran It follows a series of historic mediated peace deals in the Middle East Trump the White House In recent months, relations between Israel And some of its Arab neighbors.

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Tuesday deal An end to the blockade imposed on Qatar four years ago by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, who accused Qatar’s leaders in 2017 of supporting terrorism and adhering to Iran, will begin.

The official said Kushner had helped broker the deal over the past few weeks and had traveled to Saudi Arabia on Monday to witness the signing at the Gulf Cooperation Council meeting.

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White House Chief Adviser Jared Kushner speaks to reporters at the guest house next to the Royal Palace in Rabat, Morocco, Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Kushner led a delegation from Israel to Morocco on Tuesday on the first known direct flight since Monday. The countries agreed to establish full diplomatic relations earlier this month as part of a series of normalization agreements brokered by the United States with Arab countries.
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Under the agreement, Saudi Arabia will open its airspace to Qatari planes on the condition that Qatar Airways drop a $ 5 billion lawsuit against the four countries seeking compensation for the blockade.

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The largest of the United States Military base In the area in Qatar, where it is able to carry out air strikes against Islamic country And the Taliban, Industry Washington A victim of the blockade.

Qatar was forced to redirect its air traffic over Iran, which boosted Tehran, which was earning additional revenue by leasing its airspace to Qatar. Wall Street Journal I mentioned Monday.

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a diplomatic blockade against the smaller kingdom in June 2017 and issued a list of 17 demands, including a lockdown Al Jazeera News Network And reduce relationships with Turkey And Iran.

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Kushner, 39, has developed a close relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 35, and visited Riyadh in November in an effort to end the blockade.