Saudi Arabia cuts diplomatic ties to Qatar

Cheryl Sanders
June 5, 2017

The United Arab Emirates and Egypt have cut diplomatic ties to Qatar.

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".

The agency said the Saudi government would also reach out to its allies "and start the immediate legal procedures for understanding with fraternal and friendly countries and global companies to implement the same procedure as soon as possible for all means of transport to and from the State of Qatar, for reasons related to Saudi national security". The kingdom also pulled all Qatari troops from the ongoing war in Yemen.

The four nations also said they planned to cut air and sea traffic to the peninsular country.

Bahrain's Foreign Affairs Ministry issued a statement early today saying it would withdraw its diplomatic mission from the Qatari capital of Doha within 48 hours and that all Qatari diplomats should leave Bahrain within the same period.

Egypt announced the closure of its airspace and seaports for all Qatari transportation to protect its national security.

Nearly immediately, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates followed suit.

"Even with a multi-billion dollar bribe to America, the Saudis can not achieve their goals in the region", he said.Khamenei accused Washington of double standards, saying it turned a blind eye to the "killing of Yemeni people in mosques, streets and their homes", while claiming to promote human rights around the world.Saudi Arabia is leading a Sunni Arab coalition fighting the Iran-allied Houthis in Yemen, part of the same regional power struggle that is fuelling the war in Syria.

Qatari officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Egypt accused Qatar of supporting "terrorist" organisations including the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's state news agency reported.

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