A traditional wooden fishing Dhow is seen in port near modern glass and steel buildings on the Doha skyline, Qatar. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen
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Qatar will not be barred from an Arab summit in Riyadh later this month, but the standoff between Doha and a Saudi-led, four-nation alliance could last a "long time," Saudi Arabia's crown prince said in comments published Wednesday.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in June, accusing the tiny but super-rich Gulf state of supporting militant groups and cozying up to Shiite, non-Arab Iran.Saudi Arabia sealed Qatar's only land border last June, and the four nations have cut off air and sea access, forcing Qatar to divert flights over Iran and transit goods through other ports.Saudi Arabia has sought to rally support against Iran by allying itself with Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, Sunni nations that fear Tehran's growing influence.
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