Four Countries Sever Ties With Qatar Over Terror Support
New Delhi: Four countries cut off their diplomatic ties with Qatar accusing that it is encouraging terrorist groups including Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, Islamic State as well as other rebel militias and interfering in their internal affairs.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. They also announced closing their borders with the country. Even sea and air routes are also being closed within the next 24 hours. They announced that they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar. Bahrain asked Qatari diplomats to leave the country within 48 hours.
“Qatar’s policy threatens Arab national security and sows the seeds of strife and division within Arab societies according to a deliberate plan aimed at the unity and interests of the Arab nation,” Al-Ahram news quoted an Egyptian Foreign Ministry statement as saying.
In an official statement, Bahrain said Qatar has interfered with its internal affairs, engaged in negative media coverage against it and supported terrorist activities and armed groups, as well as financed Iranian- backed groups that are responsible for vandalism and violence in the country, reported Xinhua news agency.
In March 2014, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Qatar for its alleged backing of the then- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood member. Eight months later they returned their ambassadors as Qatar forced some Brotherhood members to leave the country and quieted others.
Meanwhile, they asked all the Qatar citizens in their countries to leave in fourteen days.