Bahrain opens airspace with Doha from January 11

In a development that sees the end of a regional dispute, Bahrain’s civilian affairs authority said, it will open its airspace to Qatar from January 11.

The development comes in the wake of a U.S.-backed deal by Arab states last week which seeks to end a dispute with Qatar.

Last Tuesday, the U.S.-backed deal saw a breakthrough with Riyadh announcing at a summit that it will end its bitter political row which saw Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt impose diplomatic, travel and trade boycott on Qatar in mid-2017.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have already announced the reopening of their respective air, sea and land routes to Qatar.

Despite the positive development, a senior UAE official said last week restoring diplomatic ties with Doha would take more time since both parties will have to rebuild their trust. Both have however opened travel and trade links.

In a sign of underlying tension, earlier on Sunday, Bahrain’s foreign ministry called on Qatar’s coast guard to “to stop attacking Bahraini fishermen at sea and unfairly arresting them” after it arrested Bahraini bodybuilding champion Sami Al Haddad who was on a fishing cruise. In a statement, the director of Bahrain’s coast guard operations stated, Haddad along with and another Bahraini were arrested on Friday after they allegedly entered Qatari territorial waters in the third such incident since November.



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