Vehicles cross the Saudi Arabian border from Qatar for the primary time since mid-2017.
Vehicles have crossed the Saudi Arabian land border from Qatar for the primary time since 4 Arab states severed diplomatic and transport ties with Doha in mid-2017.
The growth got here on Saturday after a deal this week to revive relations between the Gulf neighbours.
“Yes, the border is open,” one Qatari supply instructed AFP information company, whereas one other confirmed that visitors on the Abu Samra crossing, 120km (75 miles) south of Doha, resumed about 07:00 GMT.
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“It’s good the crisis has been resolved and the warm welcome we had, and the happiness we see in our brothers,” the driving force of the second automotive to go via the crossing instructed the dominion’s Ekhbariya TV.
Zaid Muhammad al-Marri, 23, a Qatari whose mom is Saudi, mentioned: “It is a great joy, I bought this new car, a Land Cruiser, in order to go and celebrate with my relatives in Saudi Arabia, and I took the coronavirus test and waited here hoping they would allow us to cross at any moment.”
Riyadh on Tuesday introduced a US-backed deal to finish a bitter dispute with Qatar that noticed Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt impose an embargo on Doha over allegations that it helps “extremism” and Iran. Qatar denies the costs and says the boycott geared toward curbing its sovereignty.
A UAE official this week mentioned journey and commerce hyperlinks might resume inside every week of the deal, however restoring diplomatic ties requires extra time as events work to rebuild belief.
So far, no flights have resumed between Qatar and the 4 Arab states. Qatar Airways on Thursday started rerouting a few of its flights via Saudi airspace.
Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi’s service, intends to recommence companies between Abu Dhabi and Doha, a spokesperson mentioned on Saturday.
Measures to comprise the unfold of the brand new coronavirus are in place on each side of the Saudi-Qatar land border.
All arrivals into Qatar crossing at Abu Samra should current a destructive COVID-19 check, take a brand new check on the border and quarantine for one week in one in all a lot of chosen lodges, Qatar News Agency mentioned.