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Sunday 02 Sep 2018 02.36 PM

Saudi plans to dig canal likely to cut off Qatar, turn it into Island

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Riyadh: In a crucial move, the Kingdom of Saudi will be moving forward with a plan to dig canal that would turn the neighbouring Qatar Peninsula into an island, a Saudi official hinted.

"I am impatiently waiting for details on the implementation of the Salwa Island project, a great, historic project that will change the geography of the region," Saud al-Qahtani, a senior adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said on Twitter.

The plan which would physically separate the Qatari Peninsula from the Saudi mainland has become the latest stress point in the 14-month long dispute between the two states. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism and being too close to Riyadh's arch-rival, Iran -- charges Doha denies.

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