US intelligence learned that top UAE government officials were involved in the hacks, which manipulated Qatar’s social media and news sites to show the emir praising Iran and Hamas.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain were due to meet on Wednesday to decide whether to continue sanctions they imposed on Qatar.
Etihad welcomed the decision and credited a facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport where passengers clear US immigration before they land in the US for “superior security advantages” that had allowed it to satisfy US requirements.
The Chinese foreign minister told his Iranian counterpart that peace and stability is in the common interests of the region and the international community.
The announcement increases pressure on Qatar in a diplomatic and economic campaign to isolate the small Gulf Arab state accused of supporting terrorism.