Qatar calls Arab moves to cut ties unjustified, baseless

Published: June 5, 2017
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. PHOTO: REUTERS

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI: Qatar said it regretted a coordinated decision by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to cut diplomatic relations on Monday over Doha’s alleged support for terrorism, according to Qatar-based al Jazeera TV.

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“The measures are unjustified and are based on claims and allegations that have no basis in fact,” the network quoted the foreign ministry as saying. Qatar said the decisions would “not affect the normal lives of citizens and residents”.

“The campaign of incitement is based on lies that had reached the level of complete fabrications,” AFP quoted the Qatari foreign ministry. It added that, as a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, it was committed to its charter, respected the sovereignty of other states and did not interfere in their affairs.

Saudi, Bahrain, Egypt and UAE cut ties with Qatar

The Gulf states announced on Monday they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar, as they accused the Gulf state of supporting terrorism.

Saudi news agency SPA said Riyadh cut diplomatic ties and closed borders with its neighbour to “protect its national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism”.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Tyggar
    Jun 5, 2017 - 12:30PM

    Case of the pot calling the kettle blackRecommend

  • Khalid Latif
    Jun 9, 2017 - 12:15PM

    There are three parties. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and America. It is most likely that America will stand by the Saudi lead coalition. But American ‘Central Command’ Military is hosted by Qatar
    If the diplomatic crisis doesn’t get resolved, would American military presence in Qatar continue? In other words, will America remain with Saudi coalition or change its position and join the Qatar camp, even if Qatar has adopted an independent foreign policy (soft Qatar/Iran relations).Recommend

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