Qatari emir to Riyadh, dispute nears end

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Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad has headed to Saudi Arabia to attend a Gulf summit that is set to end a years-long spat between a Riyadh-led bloc and Doha.

A breakthrough in the dispute was reached on Monday night when Saudi Arabia agreed to reopen air, sea and land borders with Qatar.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are scheduled to sign a formal agreement at the summit to end the rift.

In 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-Gulf Egypt severed diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting militant groups, an accusation Doha denies.

Kuwait and the United States have since been trying to mediate a solution to the crisis.

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Ahmad Nasser Al Sabah said in a televised statement Kuwait's Emir Nawaf al-Ahmad Al Sabah spoke by phone with Qatar's Tamim bin Hamad and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ahead of the summit.

He said "during the call everyone was keen on unity and reunion ... and they will sign a summit statement, which will launch a new chapter in their brotherly relations that are free of any obstacles".

He added Saudi Arabia and Qatar agreed to a proposal by the Kuwaiti emir to open air, sea and land borders between them from Monday evening.

The Kuwaiti emir said he is confident other GCC leaders and Egypt are keen to make the summit an occasion for "reconciliation that boosts unity ... and a new start to address all issues and return to normal", according to Kuwait's national news agency KUNA.