Once propped up by Qatari high-rollers, Saudi city prays for truce

Once propped up by Qatari high-rollers, Saudi city prays for truceAl-Ahsa (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – Jackhammers and cranes gather dust at half-built Qatari-funded hotel sites in a Saudi city hit hard by an abrupt diplomatic rupture, but signs of thawing cross-border ties are reviving economic hopes. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has downplayed the dispute with Qatar — which led to a Riyadh-led embargo on the neighbouring emirate and shuttered their land border in mid-2017 — as a trivial matter with limited impact on the kingdom.



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