Saudi Arabia, Qatar End Border Dispute
Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz announced Sunday that Saudi Arabia was about to sign an agreement on its border with Qatar, a topic of contention for the last 35 years, said reports.
"The delineation of borders with Qatar has been completed and Saudi and Qatari experts have signed documents on it," Prince Nayef said, quoted by the official SPA news agency.
He said the agreement would soon be signed by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani.
The Qatari Gulf Times newspaper said that Prince Saud is expected to travel to Doha Tuesday for the signing ceremony.
Qatar and Saudi Arabia clashed in 1992 over border areas when Saudi troops occupied a Qatari border post before Egypt mediated to end the dispute.
Riyadh and Doha agreed in June 1999 to maps marking a joint border, which has since been elaborated by a joint technical committee, said AFP.
Bedouin tribes live in the border area and frequently pass between the two countries, the agency added.
Qatar on Friday settled a 60-year-old territorial dispute with Bahrain when the International Court of Justice (ICJ) attributed Hawar Isands and Qitat Jarada island to Bahrain, while the Zubara strip, Fasht al-Dibel rocks and Jinan island went to Qatar - Albawaba.com
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