Cairo: Egypt on Tuesday reopened its airspace to Qatar flights after regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia reopened its airspace and border with the Gulf Arab state last week, Egyptian airport officials said.
A Qatar Airways plane is due to land in Cairo on Friday, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media. Also Read - Egypt Arrests Photographer Over Pyramid Shoot of Model Wearing Ancient Costume

It will be the first commercial flight between the two countries since Egypt joined Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in a boycott of Qatar in 2017, accusing it of cozying up to Iran and financing extremist groups in the region. Doha denied the charges, criticizing the Arab embargo as a bid to subvert its sovereignty. Also Read - Robot That Can Test For Covid-19 Trialled in Egypt, It Will Also Warn People Not Wearing Masks

After 3 1/2 years of severed diplomatic and economic ties, the four boycotting countries signed a declaration with the tiny, energy-rich Qatar at an annual summit last week to end the dispute. The UAE and Bahrain have also opened their airspace to Qatar. Also Read - Qatar Authorities Identify Parents Who Abandoned Infant At Airport Toilet

The dispute had shattered the typically clubby Gulf Cooperation Council and troubled America's foreign policy in the region, including its efforts to isolate Iran. Last week's breakthrough followed a final push by the outgoing Trump administration and Kuwait to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia seeks to unify Arab ranks ahead of the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden, which is expected to take a firmer stand toward the kingdom and re-engage with Iran.