Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain Cut Ties With Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE have severed Qatar ties
Key Arab League nations, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE, have severed diplomatic ties and contacts with Qatar following Bahrain. They all accuse Qatar of undermining regional stability, support of terrorism, and meddling in countries’ affairs.

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

Four Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar early Monday morning, further deepening a rift among Gulf Arab nations over that country’s support for Islamist groups.

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all announced they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar, a gas-rich nation that will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Saudi Arabia also said Qatari troops would be pulled from the ongoing war in Yemen.



All the nations also said they planned to cut air and sea traffic to the peninsular country. It wasn’t immediately clear how that would affect Qatar Airways, one of the region’s major long-haul carriers. The airline and Qatari government officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Qatar is also home to the sprawling al-Udeid Air Base, which is home to the U.S. military’s Central Command and some 10,000 American troops. It wasn’t clear if the decision would affect American military operations. Central Command officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bahrain blamed Qatar’s “media incitement, support for armed terrorist activities and funding linked to Iranian groups to carry out sabotage and spreading chaos in Bahrain” for its decision. Other countries issued similar statements.

The decision comes after Qatar alleged in late May that hackers took over the site of its state-run news agency and published what it called fake comments from its ruling emir about Iran and Israel. Its Gulf Arab neighbors responded with anger, blocking Qatari-based media, including the Doha-based satellite news network Al-Jazeera.

Qatar long has faced criticism from its Arab neighbors over its support of Islamists. The chief worry among them is the Muslim Brotherhood, a Sunni Islamist political group outlawed by both Saudi Arabia and the UAE as it challenges the nations’ hereditary rule.

Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia fell out with Qatar over its backing of then-Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood member. In March 2014, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Qatar over the rift. Eight months later, they returned their ambassadors as Qatar forced some Brotherhood members to leave the country and quieted others. However, the 2014 crisis did not see a land and sea blockade as threatened now.

In the time since, Qatar repeatedly and strongly denied it funds extremist groups. However, it remains a key financial patron of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and has been the home of exiled Hamas official Khaled Mashaal since 2012. Western officials also have accused Qatar of allowing or even encouraging funding of Sunni extremists like al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, once known as the Nusra Front.

The crisis also comes after U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia for a summit with Arab leaders. Since the meeting, unrest in the region has grown.

At that Saudi conference, Trump met with Qatar’s ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

“We are friends, we’ve been friends now for a long time, haven’t we?” Trump asked at the meeting. “Our relationship is extremely good.”


56 thoughts on “Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain Cut Ties With Qatar

  1. ሓራምዝ ዓቢዶም
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  2. Clearly Eritrea is allied with Egypt, UAE and KSA nowadays. I suppose Qatar is on the other side of the equation now?

    1. I really it didn’t worry me a bite about my beloved country.My beloved Eritrea know how to be friended with any one .Eritrea has a solid policy Non- interference in the other country domestic-affair .Bilateral ,Mutual respect and how to handle .The Government of Eritrea are very smart and poetically mature with a lot of experience .The Arab world only know how to live just for this day.They don’t have no respect to humanity blind souls .God given to them wealth with no brain and wisdom .

  3. This their problem it doesn’t have anything to do with Eritrea.Eritrea will always keep warm ties with all the countries .Eritrea’s policy is based on mutual respect and non-interference in other countries affairs.So Eritrea is up to its interest and it knows when and how to play its cards .Eritrea enjoys warm diplomatic ties with all the countries.

  4. I was really wondering. So Qatar was escorting Sudan in recent days to a new level of relations while the UAE and Saudi Arabia also luring it to their camp that Sudan can not afford to ignore. In fact, we remember how it took bold steps to cut its relation with Iran last year to show their unflinching alliance and solidarity with the Saudi grouping that includes Egypt, UAE, Bahrain and what have you.

    On the one hand, Qatar was aligning itself with Iran just to counter balance the unholy alliance of the Saudi led GCC members against it. Here is how Sudan taking these calculations wrong. Sudan wanted to take advantage of the bickering between Qatar and Turkey against Egypt since the oust of Mohamed Morsi with possible encouragement from Doha, as Qatar and Turkey was the visible countries that shower support to the muslim brotherhoods. It soon opened a decade old almost forgotten border issue with Egypt that led to the present situation of tension between the two countries. But Sudan hasn’t been clear ever since how its wanted to escalate its crisis with Egypt. Now that the GCC club has been cut out in to two groups, Sudan may find itself on the wrong side of the lake. As it has showed solidarity with the Saudi led alliance in a heartbeat as in the case of Iran, the Saudi’s are expecting Sudan and the insignificant Somalia to show the same allegiance and cut their ties with Qatar or condemn it the least. But how could Sudan betray Qatar at this juncture and show solidarity with the Egypt camp? How about the house nigger Somalia? Are these two spineless countries courageous enough to stand against Qatar? I don’t think so. If they do, Al-Shabaab will grow wings overnight and rebels in Sudan will open shop in Doha the next day. That is why the Eritrean way of diplomatic acrobatics was the safest and the surest. Always keeping them at a yard distance and never let to dictate how you handle your foreign policy.

    1. Good analysis. I too trying to make sense (at the core that is) of all this. Deep down, the issue is around the “brotherhood”. I think the Iran issue got added to please the big man in DC. This is because, Kuwait, Oman, and Iraq have also very close ties with Iran… but no one is pointing fingers at them. So, I predict this new shenanigans will be short lived…

      1. Latest indications are that the UAE through its military base in the Republic of Somaliland will not allow any Qatari overflights in Somaliland territorry.

        Somaliland’s gov which is already known as extremely conflict averse/conflict shy is absolutely reluctant to be drawn into a conflict between GCC brothers and apparantly agrees with Turkey that GCC should negotiate this and not escale this.

        1. When coming from the Arabian Gulf the important area of Somalia as far as overflight goes in Somalia is the area known as Republic of Somaliland, as this is the route to Ethiopia and beyond in Africa.

          Qatar could bribe Somaliland for overflight rights as that is not part of Somaliland’s military bade deal with UAE to stop Qatari overflights.

        2. I wonder if this drama has anything to do with Trump’s visit. If so, even R.O.Somaliland will be forced to join in. I guess the telling move would come from spineless Ethiopia.

          1. I spoke with aviation colleagues/contacts in Hargeisa city, Somaliland, they said that Somaliland have good contacts with Qatar and would love for Qatar Airways to make Hargeisa one of their stops.

            It is highly doubtful either Eritrea or Somaliland would pick sides in this conflict between Gulf neighbors. But you never know.

          2. You are right.

            Trump support emboldened Saudi to play hardballs with neighbors. That is the word here in Nairobi among foreign diplomats.

      2. Anwar Bin Suleiman · Edit

        TN

        Somalia’s president goes to the toilet protected by African Union troops. Therefore the tweet by Jamaal Osman is not only stupid but it grossly overestimates the Somalia presidents importance to Gulf Countries. Saudia and UAE are not fools, they are well aware Farmaajo barely controlls three neighborhoods of Mogadishu. The locals in Mogadishu call him “mayor of mogadishu”.

        1. His first 100 days in office saw more attacks than during the whole previous two years. Every analyst agrees he made a mistake by declaring all out war on AL SHABAAB.

          The start of his next 100 days have just started. It is clear AL SHABAAB will escalate their attacks. The question is just will they be less or more than the first 100days? And will they be deadlier or less deadly?

          In the next 100 days we will find out it seems.

    2. Yonas Zemoy

      You win the price for best line of the year:

      ” how about House Nigger Somalia”

      Ha ha ha ha.

      Somalia is a disgrace to the Horn of Africa. Somalia president need an African Union soldier to protect him when he goes to toilet. I am happy Eritrea was not invited to his inaguration. A lion does not attend a puppets inaguration.

      I think people of Djibouti and Somaliland should call themselves Habesha or a new name to get away from the disgraceful Somalia Mogadishu House Nigger show of president Far-mad-cow. Ha ha ha ha

      1. I think the solution for Somalis in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somaliland, is to hold a pressconference where they officially declare that the people of Somalia are not Somalis but House Niggers and the new name of the former country of Somalia is HOUSE-NIGGER-STANIA.

        The real Somalis are:
        Somali Ethiopians
        Somali Kenyans
        Somali Djiboutians
        Somali Somalilanders

        Somalia(new name -HouseNiggerStania)

  5. So is this how Qatar dragged the settlement of the border issue between Eritrea and Djibouti? I think there is some kind of slower relation between Eritrea and Qatar. But you can say it loud for sure as Qatar already placed hundreds probably a few thousand soldiers on the border between Eritrea and Djibouti to guarantee peace deal. Hope we learn more about this in the coming days and my hope is Eritrea to remain neutral in this mess while keeping its cool $$ from everyone including the military base the UAE built in Assab. That base has a long strategic advantage for the UAE and Saudi led group the way I see it and in case of such fall outs, it is clear how the west specially America would like to see how useful Eritrea is to their political endgame. Hope Trump and those in Pentagon see this strategic advantage to knock the sanction and all the hostility out of Eritrea. Master strategist Shaebia is taking everything in its place.

  6. Maldives, Yemen and Libya announced they cut their ties with Qatar. Sudan and Somalia taking uncomfortably long time to show their usual “how high” diplo jump

  7. This is by far the best news I have heard so far in June. I pray, God will divide them in pieces as they have done to many others. But the bigger question is how come the puppet Egypt hasn’t called all its slaves from Qatar? They have at least 250,000 working on different projects. It’s easy to ship the Ambassador without taking a hit financially but also curios how these Arab wanna be African nations would react. Down down Qatar Air for sure. Wow

    1. Wey Gud!! AFER BE’DUKET YISIKAL!!You have more Ethiopians than Egypt in Quatar. You have over 1millon Ethiopians in all those countries working as house meads.. About 200,000 are awaiting deportation, as the cut-off time to give yourself up has expired.. Prep yourselves to receive them.

      1. This one doesn’t have anything to do with us at least directly. Egypt however, is directly on the cross fire as well as the black Arabs, our cousins who are begging to joint the league. Our people knows, they have a country to come back to, when was the last time you asked about those Eritreans in the Arab world getting kicked out? I forgot, you don’t accept “forced” deportation.

          1. Now you are telling me to “educate myself” hummm. My educated friend “open arm” is not that open, only open for a $ and that shall go to your weyane to. Ethiopia used Eritrrans for aid and your brothers and sisters used Eritrean names and they are now all over the western countries. As for Sudan there is no deportation. Egypt syaryed deporting “2009” under an agreement with GOE they fly Egypt air but stoped because it was pressured by uncle Sam. God help you who is worshiping weyane over an entire Ethiopia. And God protect the poor tegaru from anything qhich may come to harm them because of your dirty polotics. Get a grip.

    2. Why do you have to be happy if there is a misunderstanding or political issues between brothers. I hope they will solve their difference peacefully. Qatar is small but rich nation where poor nations citizens go for work to support their families.

    3. BTW, Quatar said, they are not deporting any nationals of Egypt, UAE, Saudi or Bahrain.. However, Saudi is still going ahead with the deportation of the 200,000 undocumented Ethiopian Immigrants. So, you still need to prep yourself to recieve them.. Meanwhile Eritrea will remain neutral..

    4. Ayte famine Sentiko

      Please spare us your two cents comment on matters you don not have a clue. Ugumish may comment on how to achieve three meal a day not more. Keep begging to feed your hungry children and you may prey to your unfortunate compatriots in Qatar not to be exposed for danger, instead worrying about the number of Egyptians.

      1. ኣንታ ሃብሮማይ ስናይፐር ኣናጻጺርካ ፍንክሊው ኣቢልካዮ !! እዚ ህበይ ወዲ በረኻ ዘይፈለጥናዮ መሲልዎ ብዙሕ ሃተፍ-ተፍ ይብል ።

  8. Has anyone realized that the price of oil is steadily going up up UP UP UP… I’m always cautiously optimistic about these things. I can’t help but to think this is a ploy to get oil prices up. All of them are suffering form low price of oil. They have even convinced russia to lower oil production in an effort to get prices up to no avail. The only people saudia has not managed to convince is iran. Shortly after all that we see these situations about diplomatic row. Good thing we have a great foreign policy of mutual respect.

  9. I strongly agree with this (RT news)
    The ongoing crisis indicates that the era of foreign superpower ‘Big Brothers’ shaping regional coalitions is over, as “political domination, security clannishness, occupation, and invasion is not going to bring about anything other than insecurity,” Aboutalebi claimed.

    “The era of sanctions is over too, and cutting diplomatic ties, closing borders, laying sieges on countries, and ejecting countries out of the selfsame coalition, etc. is not the way out of the crisis,”
    what is your take?

      1. The biggest winner at the end of this regional mess will be Egypt. Given Trump’s special relation with El-Sisi’ Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood will soon get a terror group designation and will be listed on the U.S. terro group list. That’s it. After that, it will be easy to attack and take action on any state who supports, sympathize or provide sanctuary to these “terror group”.

        Qatar’s real problem with the U.S will start soon after under the guise of supporting a “terrorist group”.

    1. Let us hold our breath yet. Yes, the uni-superpower and its stooges are in big crises. Things are not going the way they desire. But still they have more cards to play with. One thing though their demise can be faster or slow depend on their economic situation, and the people’s consciousness and understanding what’s going on around the world.

  10. Qatar blockade could hit state airline, al-Jazeera and World Cup

    Residents reportedly stockpiling goods from supermarkets amid fears over food imports after land, sea and air routes closed

    The tiny Gulf state of Qatar has been literally and figuratively isolated by the escalating row with its Arab neighbours, with land, sea and air routes closed off in an unprecedented crisis in the Arabian peninsula that threatens longstanding trade deals.

    The closure of the only land route into Qatar as well as the airspaces of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in effect established a blockade on Doha, which relies almost entirely on imports to feed its population.

    It will damage the prospects of a recovery for Doha’s national carrier, Qatar Airways, amid a slowdown caused by the US administration’s ban on electronic devices in the cabins of aircraft flying from the Middle East, and will raise questions about the future of al-Jazeera, the flagship television network established by the Gulf kingdom and which has been at the centre of diplomatic rows with the rest of the region.

    Along with the block on re-exports from Dubai to Qatar, together the measures could even affect the monarchy’s preparations for the football World Cup it is due to host in 2022.

    The closure of Emirati, Saudi and Bahraini airspace is likely have a disastrous impact on Qatar Airways. Qatari flights will have to take much longer and more convoluted routes to get around the bans, flying over Iran while avoiding Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Syria, Israel and much of Iraq.

    Al-Jazeera was already blocked in several Arab countries. The channel was praised for its coverage of the initial months of the Arab uprisings in 2011, but since then it has been transformed in the minds of many in the region into a tool for furthering Qatari foreign policy and promoting the views of Islamist groups that the monarchy has backed in recent years, including Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

    In 2014 the Gulf states withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar in a months-long diplomatic crisis, and one of the concessions offered by Doha was the closure of al-Jazeera Mubashir, a channel dedicated to propagating Muslim Brotherhood views about the 2013 coup in Egypt. Analysts suspect further curbs may be imposed on al-Jazeera this time around.

    “The media has been one of the key themes in the diplomatic wrangling over the past few weeks,” said Amro Ali, an assistant professor in sociology at the American University of Cairo. “It is somewhat part of the existential makeup of the Qatari establishment and perceived as an informal branch of Doha’s government. It has helped cement Qatar’s international reach and legitimacy, yet ironically has now played a part in its undoing.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/05/qatar-blockade-could-hit-state-airline-al-jazeera-and-world-cup?CMP=share_btn_tw

    1. ወይ ጉድ! ኣንታ እዞም መራሕቲ ሃገራት ናበይ ገጻም እዮም ዝምርሹ ዘለዉ? በቃ ሰሲሬኻ ኮይኑ? ብቐደሙ “መራሕተን ዝሕንክሳ ሳዓብተን ኩለን የንደልህጻ” እዩ። መራሒኦም ኣንክል ሳም ዘይጣዓየ’ዶ ስዓብቲ ክጥዕዩ። የርህዎ በሉ። እምበር እዚ ቨልካኖስ ኣብ ኩሉ ይትኮስ ኣሎ። ንመን ቀትሉ ንመን ከስርር እዩ ግን ድቃስ ዝህብ ኣይኮነን።

    2. NonAlignedMovement · Edit

      Many Western countries are furious that Qatar got to host the WorldCup. Could this really be the hidden Western hand telling the Saudis something crazy for them to punish Qatar so it will be unable to host the Worldcup

      Boy those Arabs sure are easy to manipulate. Trump smiling as the last stable Arab area spirals out of control. Arab spring? More like Arab river of blood(syria iraq libya yemen). Millions perished in the Arab Fall.

      1. It turns out Trump is not guilty but Russians their hackers are. Then again some Americans would say Trump and Russians are the same team. ? Who knows?

  11. They are all cousins and need no outsider to interfere to patch-up. Even brothers in the same household fight and neighbors are advised not to barge-in. The region is volatile and Eritreans pray for cooler-heads to rule and lead their people to security, prosperity and development.

    1. BREAKING NEWS

      AL SHABAAB overrun Puntland army position in Galgala area. Many dead Puntland soldiers. Galgala is a mountainous area close to Puntlands port city of Bosaso, a city which has been suffering terrorist attacks lately.

      ISIS/DAESH attack the city from the east and west and Al shabaab attack from the cities south.

      Puntland has a habit of grabbing young southern Somalis and sentencing them.to.death for being Al shabaab without any evidence whatsoever. So far this year about 100 tento thirteen yearolds have been executed by fire-squad.

      UN instead of putting pressure on the area has increased.support for.that region hence giving Somalis the idea that killing minors bring benefits. Disgusting.

      1. Latest confirmed casualty figures are 108 Puntland soldiers.

        The Puntland practice of rounding up and killing unarmed minors from southern clans have created a fertile recruitment ground for
        AL SHABAAB.

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