Thursday 19 April 2018

Maldives backs GCC states, snaps ties with Qatar

DOHA, June 5, 2017

Following the strong action taken by the Gulf states Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE along with Egypt, the Arab world's most populous nation, on Qatar over key regional security issues, Maldives too has severed diplomatic relations with that nation.

With this move, these countries have banned their citizens from travelling to Doha, and the closure of land, maritime and airspace borders to Qatari transport vehicles, aircraft and sea vessels.

In a statement, the Maldives Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the country took this decision because of its firm opposition to activities that encourage terrorism and extremism, reported state news agency Wam.

The statement also reiterated the Maldives' commitment to work with countries that promote peace, stability, and show solidarity in the fight against terrorism, it stated.

The Maldives decision comes close on the heels of Yemen and Libya severing their relations with Qatar.

Tags: Qatar | GCC | Maldives |

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