Saudi top diplomat meets Qatar Emir in Doha

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Doha

Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat has met Qatari ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani in Doha on Monday, official media reported, as the two countries have started to heal the recent rift.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan’s visit came as a Qatari delegation has arrived in Cairo to attempt restoring diplomatic ties between Egypt and the Gulf monarchy fractured by years of discord, the Egyptian media reported.

Saudi Arabia led a coalition of the countries, including Egypt to break off ties with Qatar in June 2017 over the claims that it was too close to Iran that backed the radical Islamist groups, which Qatar has always denied.

But following Kuwaiti mediation, Qatar was invited to a regional meeting in Saudi Arabia in January at which Qatar was brought back into the regional fold and a process of reconciliation began.

Since then, Qatari officials have met in Kuwait with their opposite numbers from Egypt and the UAE to discuss how to move on from the spat.—AFP

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