Why Saudi Arabia and Friends Fell Out With Qatar

In 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties and transportation links with Qatar, kicking off a regional squabble with broad geopolitical implications. The dispute split the energy-producing region as well as complicating U.S. efforts to isolate Iran. The U.S. push for a resolution showed signs of success at the start of 2021, when the Saudis reopened their land, air and sea borders with Qatar.