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Sunday, June 4, 2017
‘Terrorism, Meddling in Affairs’: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia & Egypt Cut Diplomatic Ties with Qatar
Yikes! In the, 'I never saw this one coming' category...
Traditional Arab ships with the flag of Qatar © Frank Rumpenhorst / Global Look Press
Bahrain announced early Monday that it is severing diplomatic relations with neighboring Qatar and cutting air and sea connections with Doha, accusing it of meddling in its internal affairs. Saudi Arabia then did the same, citing “national security.”
Bahrain’s state news agency said in a brief statement that Qatari citizens have 14 days to leave the country.
It accused Doha of supporting terrorism and meddling in Manama’s internal affairs.
Citing “protection of national security,” Riyadh then announced it was also severing ties with Doha and closing off all land, sea and air contacts, the Saudi state agency said in a statement, cited by Reuters.
Egypt was next to join the diplomatic war, with Cairo announcing it is cutting relations with Doha, according to Sputnik news agency.