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Sun Dec 6, 2020, 07:51 AM

Saudi overtures to Qatar and Turkey bring results

Major changes in Saudi foreign policy are in the works, as Middle Eastern powers prepare for a new administration in Washington, and at the forefront of the rethink in Riyadh is a pending rapprochement with Doha.

An announcement can be expected in a matter of days. Kuwait, which had been mediating between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, hinted on November 27 that a breakthrough was imminent. And on Friday, Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al Sabah said there were “constructive and fruitful discussions” and progress was made in resolving the row that erupted in mid-2017.

After the Kuwaiti statement, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani thanked Kuwait for its mediation.

There is a saying that success has many fathers, and, unsurprisingly, US President Donald Trump is positioning himself for a photo-op to claim a foreign-policy trophy. But ironically, if anyone in the US were to claim success here, it ought to be President-elect Joe Biden.

The heart of the matter is that the Biden presidency is looming large on the horizon, which in turn is triggering major realignments in the Middle East.

https://asiatimes.com/2020/12/saudi-overtures-to-qatar-and-turkey-bring-results/

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