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Gulf countries cutting ties with Qatar

The photo shows Gulf countries cutting ties with Qatar.

In the worst diplomatic crisis ever faced by the Gulf Arab region in decades, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had cut ties with Qatar on Monday.

 

Qatar is accused of supporting terrorism and destabilising the region by the three Gulf countries- Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates- and Egypt. Yemen and Maldives had also cut ties with Qatar.

 

Qatar who shares land border with Saudi Arabia has denied and rejected the accusations, adding that they are “unjustified” and “baseless”. It also accused it neighbours of aiming to put the country under “guardianship”, adding that it will take all the necessary measures to prevent attempts to harm or affect their society and economy.

 

According to Saudi Arabia’s state news agency, it is trying to protect national security from the danger of terrorism and extremism in regards to cutting ties with Qatar.

 

Saudi Arabia also accused Qatar of adopting extremist groups which includes the Muslim Brotherhood, an almost century old Islamist group considered to be terrorist group by Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Gulf allies had always criticised the nation for their alleged support.

 

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE had given Qataris 14 days to leave their countries as well as banning their own citizens from entering Qatar. Saudi Arabia in a statement stated that all ports of entry between the two countries will be closed.

 

Qatar has been expelled from its alliance with Saudi-led Arab coalition who is fighting against the Yemen’s Houthi rebels and it has also been expelled from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States. Only Kuwait and Oman of the Gulf countries have ties with Qatar.

 

Kuwait news agency, KUNA reported that the Emir of Kuwait had urged the Emir of Qatar to apply self restraint and refrain from any actions that would worsen the situation.

 

Bahrain in its statement stated it was suspending diplomatic relations to preserve its national security and had given Qatari diplomat 48 hours to leave and within 24 hours of the announcement, airspace and ports between the countries would be closed.

 

The Qatar diplomats in Egypt are also given 48 hours by the Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to leave the country.

 

On the other hand, the UAE had instructed Emirates airline to suspend all flights to and from Doha, Qatar’s capital from Tuesday. Etihad Airways will be following suit on Wednesday while the other airways in the countries are expected to suspend their flights too.

 

United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson urged the countries involved to work out their differences and had offered assistance from the US to do so, adding that it is important for the GCC to remain united.

 

The Iran Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif also urged them to do talk, saying that coercion is never the solution and dialogue is crucial.

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