Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have cut their ties with Qatar on Monday, after 36-year-old Gulf states union.
The coordinated countries are accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism as two weeks ago on Qatar’s official news agency website; the Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Al Hamad Al Thani saluted Iran the “Islamic power” while is criticizing US President Donald Trump’s policy towards Tehran.
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Qatar claimed that the website was “hacked,” and the report fabricated by the culprits.
Saudi Arabia’s state news agency announced Monday morning the move to “protect national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism.”
The diplomatic row escalates a dispute over Qatar’s support of the Islamist movement “Muslim Brotherhood,” and accuses Doha of backing arch-rival Iran’s region agenda.
In 2014, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE withdrew their ambassadors from Doha. But, travel links maintained. Today these countries take more severe measures:
Qatar expelled from a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen; Qatari visitors and residents have two weeks to leave the Gulf States and Egypt; All ports between Saudi Arabia and Qatar would be closed, according to the statement.
The FULL statement reads:
Since 1995, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its brothers have made strenuous and continued efforts to urge the authorities in Doha to abide by its commitments and agreements. They have repeatedly violated their international obligations and the agreements they signed under the umbrella of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for the Arab States to cease the hostilities against the Kingdom and stand against terrorist groups and activities of which the latest one was their failure to implement Riyadh Agreement.
In accordance with the decision to cut off diplomatic and consular relations, Saudi citizens are prohibited from traveling to Qatar, residing in or passing through it while they, residents and visitors have to hurry leaving its territories within 14 days.
The decision, for security reasons, unfortunately prevents Qatari citizens’ entry to or transit through the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and those Qatari residents and visitors have to leave Saudi territories within 14 days, confirming the Kingdom’s commitment and keenness to provide all facilities and services for Qatari pilgrims and Umrah performers.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia affirms that it has long been patient despite the fact that the authorities in Doha continue to evade their commitments and conspire against it in the interest of the Qatari people, which is a natural and genuine extension of their brethren in the Kingdom and an integral part of their pillars. The Kingdom will continue to support the people of Qatar, its security and stability regardless of the hostile practices being carried out by the authorities in Doha.
11:50 LOCAL TIME 08:50 GMT
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