Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, escalating a crisis that started over Qatar’s relationship with Iran and its support of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The three countries said they will suspend air and sea travel to and from Qatar. Saudi Arabia said it will shut land crossings with its neighbor, according to the official Saudi Press Agency. Bahrain has given Qatari diplomats 48 hours to leave.
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WNU Editor: I know that Qatar was having problems with its Arab neighbours .... these disputes have been ongoing for over a year .... but this breaking of diplomatic relations was sudden. This will have a significant impact on U.S. policies in the region. Bahrain is the headquarters of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, and Qatar is a major buyer of U.S. military equipment and is now the location of U.S. Central Command’s Forward Headquarters and the Combined Air Operations Center. This break may also put at risk OPEC's oil arrangements .... Saudi, Qatar Relationship Worsens, Leaving OPEC Deal & Oil Price Stability At Risk (Mint Press). And there is Iran who is cheering this split in the Arab coalition .... Qatar needs to address its policy contradictions (The National).
More News On The Saudi Coalition Cutting Ties With Qatar
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE Cut Diplomatic Ties, All Contacts With Qatar, Citing 'Terrorism' -- RFE
Egypt joins several GCC countries in severing ties with Qatar -- Al Arabiya
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain break diplomatic ties with Qatar over 'terrorism' -- The Guardian
Saudi Arabia cuts ties to Qatar, cites 'terrorism' -- Reuters
Bahrain announces it is cutting all ties with Qatar -- Al Arabiya
Bahrain Severs Diplomatic Relations With Qatar -- Sputnik
Bahrain cuts ties with Qatar for meddling in internal affairs -- Reuters
‘Terrorism, meddling in affairs’: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia & Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar -- RT
Saudi bloc splinters over hard line on Iran -- Al Monitor