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Qatar welcomes Saudi Arabia 'political' decision to open border for hajj

Qatar welcomes Saudi Arabia 'political' decision to open border for hajj

Qatar welcomes the opening of the Saudi-Qatari border enabling Qataris to go on pilgrimage to Mecca, even if the move is politically-motivated, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia to open border to Qatar pilgrims, Qatar media silent

Saudi Arabia to open border to Qatar pilgrims, Qatar media silent

A statement on the official Saudi Press Agency said the Salwa border point would be open for Qatari citizens who wish to perform the annual pilgrimage to pass through with no electronic permissions needed.

Qatar offers visa-free entry to 80 countries including India

Qatar offers visa-free entry to 80 countries including India

Qatar has a population of 2.4 million people, 90 percent of whom are foreigners, including many from south Asia working in construction.

Qatar offers visa-free entry to 80 nationalities

"The visa exemption scheme will make Qatar the most open country in the region," tourism department official Hassan al-Ibrahim told a press conference in Doha.

Joining Arab states, Israel says it plans to ban Al-Jazeera

Israeli officials have long accused Al-Jazeera of bias against the Jewish state. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has likened its coverage to "Nazi Germany-style" propaganda.

Qatar approves draft law to grant permanent residency to expats

Qatar approves draft law to grant permanent residency to expats

According to the new law, cardholders will be treated like Qatari nationals and will benefit from elements of the state`s generous welfare system, including education and healthcare services.

Turkey, Qatar launch joint military exercises: reports

Turkey and its main regional ally Qatar today launched military exercises in the emirate that will involve some 250 Turkish troops and 30 armoured vehicles, reports said.

Gulf crisis: Qatar makes legal complaint to WTO over trade boycott

Gulf crisis: Qatar makes legal complaint to WTO over trade boycott

Qatar has filed a legal complaint at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to challenge the trade boycott by the four Arab countries, the local media reported.

Thousands of North Korean labourers in US-allied Gulf nations

Across the Gulf, some 6,000 North Koreans work, two officials familiar with Pyongyang's tactics told the AP, including 2,500 in Kuwait, as many as 1,500 in the UAE and 2,000 in Qatar.

Qatar refuses to 'outsource foreign policy' in Gulf crisis

They have sealed the emirate's only land border, ordered its citizens to leave, and closed their airspace and waters to Qatari flights and shipping.

No dialogue with Qatar until it revises policies: UAE minister

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, an ally of Qatar, will visit Saudia Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar during a two-day mediation trip that begins on Sunday.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards detain Saudi fishing boat, arrest crew: IRNA

The Saudi Information Ministry said it had intercepted the boat in Saudi waters on June 16 and that three members of Iran`s elite Revolutionary Guards had been detained in the incident.

Rex Tillerson urges Arab states to lift Qatar 'land blockade'

Rex Tillerson urges Arab states to lift Qatar 'land blockade'

In one of the first positive signs from the four Arab states since they imposed the sanctions last month, the United Arab Emirates on Friday welcomed Qatar`s decision to amend its anti-terrorism laws.

 

Kuwait tells Iranian embassy to cut staff after spy case

Last year Kuwait convicted 23 men - one Iranian and the rest Kuwaiti - of spying for Iran and Lebanese Shi`ite Muslim group Hezbollah after a cache of guns and explosives were discovered in a raid of the so-called "Abdali cell" in 2015.

Arabs urge Qatar to accept 6 principles to combat extremism

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain broke diplomatic relations with Qatar in early June over allegations that it supports extremist groups a charge Qatar rejects.

Qatar accuses UAE of hack that sparked Gulf crisis

The report  unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place.

UAE Foreign Minister denies any hacking of Qatar

UAE Foreign Minister denies any hacking of Qatar

Anwar Gargash denied as false a story in the Washington Post that cited US officials saying the UAE had orchestrated the hack of Qatar's state news agency.

Egypt announces electronics ban lifted on US flights

In recent weeks, the US also lifted the ban imposed on airlines from Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.

US, Qatar sign agreement against financing terrorism

US, Qatar sign agreement against financing terrorism

In live footage, Rex Tillerson and Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani signed the pact, which they had been working on for a year, Tillerson explained, Efe news reported.

 

Rex Tillerson to visit Gulf for talks on Qatar crisis

Rex Tillerson to visit Gulf for talks on Qatar crisis

Tillerson's trip appeared aimed at finding a breakthrough in the crisis over sanctions imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies.