Saudi Arabia to lift Qatar blockade, open borders — Kuwait minister
10 January 2021 | 6:47 am
In a diplomatic breakthrough, Saudi Arabia is set to open its borders and airspace to neighboring Qatar following a prolonged crisis.
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