Key Arab League states cut ties with Qatar over ‘supporting terrorism’ Live updates
Published time: 5 Jun, 2017 05:37
Edited time: 5 Jun, 2017 10:21
An aerial view of Doha, Qatar © Jacquelyn Martin / Reuters
Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the country of backing terrorist groups. Qatar has called the move a "campaign of incitement" which is "based on lies."
Egypt has ordered the Qatari ambassador to leave the country within 48 hours, and has recalled its charge d’affaires in Doha, according to the foreign ministry.
“The Qatari ambassador was summoned today and given formal notification of the expiry of his accreditation as an ambassador to Egypt, and was given 48 hours to leave the country,” a statement from the foreign ministry said, as cited by Reuters.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on the sides to resolve the dispute in a “peaceful way.” Ankara “will provide every kind of support for the situation to be normalized,” he added, as quoted by AP.
Tehran has urged the Gulf nations to settle the current dispute through dialogue and diplomacy. "No country in the region will benefit from the heightened tension," Reuters cited Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasemi as saying on state TV. “They should adopt peaceful methods, transparent dialogue and diplomacy,” he added.
Several Egyptian banks have suspended dealings with Qatari financial organizations following the announcement of cutting diplomatic ties between the states, Reuters reports, citing four bankers from Cairo.
Qatar has asked its citizens in the United Arab Emirates to leave that country within 14 days, complying with the UAE's decision, the Qatari embassy announced, according to Reuters.
"Qatari citizens must leave the UAE within 14 days, in accordance with the statement issued by the concerned Emirati parties," the embassy tweeted.
It stated that those who cannot travel directly to Doha should go through Kuwait or Oman.
Moscow won’t meddle in Middle-Eastern affairs, said Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a joint press conference with his Belarusian counterpart in Moscow.
He noted that it is “these countries’ business, bilateral relations.” The minister stressed that Russia is interested in “maintaining friendly relationships with everyone, especially with the region, whose primary goal right now is to focus their efforts on combating our common threat of international terrorism.”
Saudi Arabian Airlines, also known as Saudia, has announced it is suspending flights to Qatar, following similar moves from Emirates, Etihad, and flydubai.
The Maldives has also cut ties with Qatar, according to Al Arabiya.
Libya’s eastern-based government has also cut diplomatic relations with Qatar, Foreign Minister Mohammed Dairi said, as cited by Reuters.