Riyadh/London: Qatar's foreign minister has made an unannounced visit to Riyadh, two sources told Reuters, amid signs that a 2-1/2-year rift among US-allied Gulf Arab states could soon subside.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani met with senior Saudi officials last month, said one of the sources familiar with the trip, the highest-level visit since May when Qatar's prime minister attended an Arab summit in Mecca.
It was unclear if the visit, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, included a face-to-face with Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
US Senator Chris Murphy said the minister's trip was "an important move that showed openness to some dialogue between the two sides".
"At the very least, I think the Saudis seem sincere in trying to figure out the path forward," he said during a trip to Bahrain.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of backing terrorism.
The boycotting nations set 13 demands for lifting the boycott, including closing Al Jazeera television, shuttering a Turkish military base, reducing ties with Iran and cutting links to the Muslim Brotherhood.