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Gulf deal soothes Middle East tensions

Jan 12, 2021 - The Straits Times (Singapore)

Qataris are cheering the restoration of ties with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt after the blockade imposed by the quartet against Doha in 2017, on Riyadh's urging, was lifted last week with an embrace in the desert between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. For the regional hegemon, tiny Qatar turned out to be the shrimp whose shell proved too hard to crack. Qatar Airways can now fly less roundabout routes, Al Jaze...