UAE, Egypt, Saudi cut ties with Qatar

Dianna Christensen
June 5, 2017

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt on Monday broke diplomatic relations and all land sea and air contacts with fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar, accusing it of supporting "terrorism and extremism". The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement today that it has chose to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar because of the continued hostility of the Qatari authorities towards Egypt. The country's official news agency, Bahrain News Agency, added that Bahrain would cut off its airspace, ports and territorial waters to air traffic and shipping between the counties within 24 hours.

By the time of publishing, Qatar had no immediate comment.

The dispute between Qatar and the Gulf's Arab countries started over a purported hack of Qatar's state-run news agency.

Its Gulf Arab neighbours responded with anger, blocking Qatari-based media, including the Doha-based satellite news network Al-Jazeera.

The four countries announced that they would withdraw their respective diplomatic missions from Qatar, within the next few days.

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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".

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister and his Egyptian counterpart on Sunday discussed cooperation in fighting terrorism amid efforts to resolve differences between their two countries on the Syrian and Yemeni conflicts and other regional flashpoints.

In its statement announcing its severing of ties with Qatar, the UAE cited Qatar's "ongoing policies that rattle the security and sovereignty of the region as well as its manipulation and evasion of its commitments and treaties". However, it remains a key financial patron of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and has been the home of exiled Hamas official Khaled Mashaal since 2012. The Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain is banning its citizens from traveling to Qatar or staying there.

Global oil prices rose 1.24 percent to $50.57 a barrel in early trading Monday in Asia amid the Gulf diplomatic crisis. Doha denies the emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, made the comments.

The crisis comes after U.S. President Donald Trump's recent visit to Saudi Arabia for a summit with Arab leaders. Trump asked at the meeting.

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