Saudi Qatar border
A picture taken on January 7, 2021, shows a general view of the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border crossing with Saudi Arabia following the opening of crossings between the two countries earlier this week. Image Credit: AFP

Cairo: Saudi Arabia has started steps to reoperate a border crossing with Qatar after it was closed more than three years ago, according to Saudi television.

The full reoperation of the Salwa border crossing hinges on finalising related procedures, Al Ekhbariya TV reported.

“All indications are that the outlet will actually operate during the next hours,” a correspondent of the television at the site reported.

He added that border guards have eased measures between the two countries and a large number of concrete barriers have been removed.

Saudi Arabia Monday reopened its air, sea and land borders with Qatar after their closure since June 2017.

The border reopening, announced by mediator Kuwait, came a day before an annual summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was held in Saudi Arabia.

Qatar Airways Thursday night announced resuming a number of flights through the Saudi airspace.

The national carrier said it had begun reoperating flights across the Saudi airspace, starting with a scheduled flight from Doha to Johannesburg in South Africa.