Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain cut ties to Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain cut ties to Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain cut ties to Qatar

The ministry's statement said Qatari citizens needed to leave Bahrain within two weeks and that air and sea traffic between the two countries would be halted. Qatar - which shares its only land border with Saudi Arabia - has rejected the accusations calling them "unjustified" and "baseless".

Saudi Arabia will provide all facilities and services for Qatari pilgrims now in the Kingdom despite its decision to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar on Monday.

A Saudi official cited by SPA said the country made a decision to "sever diplomatic and consular ties with Qatar, and to close all land, sea and aviation ports".

The Saudi state-owned SPA news agency said Qatar "embraces multiple terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at disturbing stability in the region, including the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS and al-Qaida, and promotes the message and schemes of these groups through their media constantly".

"At the moment there is nothing on Qatar issue, (we) will issue a statement if some development takes place", Zakaria said. Al Thani reportedly hailed Iran as an "Islamic power" and criticized US President Donald Trump's policy towards Tehran.

Saudi citizens and visitors now in Qatar are requested to leave the country. They even blamed Qatar for publishing fake comments from their ruler countries Iran and Israel.

Qatari residents and visitors are therefore given 14 days to leave the Kingdom in order to avoid any hostile attempts or activities that may exploit the situation, despite our pride and confidence in our brethren among the Qatari people and their love for their second country.

The last flight from Abu Dhabi to Doha will depart at 02:45 local time on Tuesday, the airline's spokesman said in an email. Other airways in the countries involved are expected to follow suit.

Bahrain's foreign affairs ministry issued a statement that it would withdraw its diplomatic mission from Doha within 48 hours and that all Qatari diplomats should leave Bahrain within the same period.

Bahrain is also banning its citizens from travelling to Qatar or staying there, while Qatari citizens are not allowed to enter or pass through Bahrain. Bahrain said its decision was based on what it said was Qatar's destabilizing actions. "And if there is any role that we can play in terms of helping them address those, we think it is important that the GCC remain unified", Tillerson said. Bahrain houses the US Navy's Fifth fleet, which patrols the seas of the Middle East and Central Asia, while Qatar is home to the Al Udeid Airbase, from where the United States carries out airstrikes against militants in the region.

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