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Saudi, Bahrain, UAE cut off all ties with Qatar

MANAMA, June 5, 2017

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt have has severed diplomatic relations with Qatar over security issues in a major row between members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, media reports said.

Saudi news agency SPA said Riyadh cut diplomatic ties and closed borders with Qatar to “protect its national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism”.
 
A Saudi official cited by SPA said the country decided to “sever diplomatic and consular ties with Qatar, and to close all land, sea and aviation ports”.
 
Saudi Arabia said in exercising its sovereign rights to protect its national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism, it has decided to sever diplomatic and consular relations with Qatar, close all land, sea and air ports, prevent crossing into Saudi territories, airspace and territorial waters.

A statement attibuted to an official source on SPA said it will "start immediate legal procedures for understanding with fraternal and friendly countries and international companies to implement the same procedure as soon as possible for all means of transport to and from Qatar for reasons relating to Saudi national security."
 
The “decisive” measure was due to “gross violations committed by authorities in Qatar over the past years”, the Saudi statement said.
 
Bahrain’s action is “based on the insistence of Qatar to continue to undermine the security and stability of the Kingdom of Bahrain and to interfere in its domestic affairs, as well as on the escalation and incitement of its media and its support to acts of terror and to financing armed groups associated with Iran to carry out subversive attacks and spread chaos in the Kingdom” the BNA news agency said.

Bahrain is also withdrawing its diplomatic mission from Doha and giving all members of the Qatari diplomatic mission 48 hours to leave the Kingdom and the completion of the necessary procedures, the report said.

Bahrain is also closing its airspace, ports and territorial waters to air traffic and shipping to and from Qatar within 24 hours of the announcement of the statement.

Bahrain is also banning its citizens from travelling to Qatar or staying there, while Qatari citizens are not allowed to enter or pass through Bahrain.

Qatari residents and visitors are therefore given 14 days to leave the Kingdom in order to avoid any hostile attempts or activities that may exploit the situation, according to the report.

The dangerous Qatari practices have not been confined to the Kingdom of Bahrain, but have also been extended to sister countries that have been informed that such acts reflect a very dangerous pattern which cannot be ignored or accepted and must be addressed with full strength and firmness, the report said.

Egypt’s foreign ministry also accused Doha of supporting “terrorism” as it announced the severing of diplomatic relations.
 
Meanwhile, the Command of Coalition to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen announced that it has decided to end the participation of  Qatar in the coalition, said a Saudi Press Agency report.



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