Saudi Arabia, in particular, accuses Qatar of sponsoring terrorism — charges the emirate denies. Now, following talks between the Emir of Qatar and Chancellor Merkel, the Gulf state says it's ready to come to the negotiating table.
The Iranian president has urged Saudi Arabia to end its war in Yemen and sever alleged ties with Israel to improve relations with the Islamic republic. Iran and Saudi Arabia have witnessed relations nosedive since 2016.
In a DW interview, Qatar's foreign minister has slammed Saudi Arabia for "destabilizing the region." The minister said Riyadh is using what it calls security concerns as a "smoke screen" to harm Qatar's economy.
A summit of Islamic nations has issued a unified response to counter the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was "not impressed" by the declaration.
The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have met in Sochi to discuss strategy in Syria. Meanwhile, some parts of the Syrian opposition forces met in Saudi Arabia ahead of UN-backed peace talks.
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