US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is likely to handle the Gulf crisis and push for improvement toward ending the conflict during a visit to Qatar on Wednesday.

The official Qatar News Agency reported that Kushner met with the country’s ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, saying they discussed “developments in the region”. 

Analysts expect Kushner to focus on steps to resolve the three-year-long Gulf crisis, suggesting it could result in limited confidence-building measures.

Riyadh, along with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, had cut all ties with Qatar in June 2017 over allegations that Doha was too close to Iran and backed radical Islamists. However, Qatar denies the charges.

The boycotting countries have closed their airspace, land borders and sea channels to Qataris and vehicles registered there.

That has forced Qatar Airways aircraft to fly over Iran, Riyadh’s arch-rival and long-time adversary of Washington, paying significant overflight fees to Tehran in the process.