Qatar-US Relations

Regional News • Middle East
Saudi Arabia lifts the blockade of Qatar
Mohammed bin Salman and Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani
Mohammed bin Salman and Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani Credit: bandaralgaloud (Instagram)

In a major thawing of relations, leaders from Saudi Arabia and its regional allies reached a breakthrough agreement with Qatar on Tuesday, ending three and a half years of impasse and restoring ties between the Arabian Gulf neighbours. The agreement brokered by Kuwait and the United States, among others, took place at an annual summit of Gulf Arab leaders, with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner in attendance, along with Avi Berkowitz, special representative for international negotiations.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan told a news conference after the annual GCC gathering in the city of Al-Ula, also attended by Egypt, that there were political will and good faith to guarantee the implementation of the agreement to restore diplomatic and other ties, including the resumption of flights.

Regional News • Americas • United States
DOJ orders an Al Jazeera platform to register in the US as foreign agent
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AJ+ Logo Credit: AJ+

The Justice Department ordered AJ+, an Al Jazeera online news platform based in the US, to register as a foreign agent Monday. The DOJ declared the outlet is "an agent of the Government of Qatar" and "engages in “political activities.”

Al Jazeera suggested the move was related to the agreement signed by the United Arab Emirates with Israel, a deal brokered by the Trump administration. The Emirates ambassador to the United States said that was not true.