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Diplomatic standoff between Saudi Arabia, Qatar far from over

19 August 2017

Political standoff between Qatar and four Gulf nations is far from over despite the recent reopening of the border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, accusing Qatar of supporting Islamist extremists, severed diplomatic and trade ties with the emirate in what has evolved as the worst political crisis in the Gulf region in years.

The diplomatic rift has since led to the closure of the Salwa border crossing, the only overland connection between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Qatar welcomed the decision but also lashed out at what it called Riyadh's politicization of religious freedoms.