- The UAE has given Qatar’s diplomatic mission in Abu Dhabi 48 hours to leave the country after what it said where “Doha’s several policies which destabilizes the security and stability of the region and manipulates commitments”.
- The UAE informed Qatari citizens they had 14 days to leave the UAE. Citizens from Qatar have also been banned from passing through the UAE.
- Emiratis are now banned from visiting or even passing by Qatar at all means.
- The Saudi state news agency SPA said Riyadh had closed its borders, severing land, sea and air contact with Qatar and largely isolating it. It cited officials as saying it was to “protect its national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism”.
- Etihad Airways said it would suspend all flights to and from Doha from 02:45 local time on Tuesday
- Bahrain’s state news agency said the country was cutting ties with Qatar because Doha was “shaking the security and stability of Bahrain and meddling in its affairs”.
- Saudi Arabia said Qatari troops would be pulled from the ongoing Saudi-led coalition that is fighting Al Houthi militia in Yemen.
Qatar Airways suspends all flights to Saudi Arabia
Qatar Airways said on its official website on Monday that it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia.
Air Arabia suspends flights between Sharjah and Doha
Air Arabia said on Monday it had suspended flights between Sharjah and Doha effective Tuesday until further notice.
The airline’s last outbound flight from Sharjah to Doha will depart at 18:30 local time on Monday, while the last inbound flight from Doha to Sharjah will depart on Monday at 19:25 local time.
Passengers who hold existing reservations on Air Arabia flights to Doha after June 5 will be provided with the option of a full refund or booked to other destinations, it said.
The move came after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
Emirate, Etihad and flydubai suspend Doha flights
Emirates airline to suspend all flights to Qatar beginning Tuesday until further notice; last flight from Dubai to Doha will depart at 2.30am on Tuesday.
Decision will not affect fight against terrorism: US
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis meanwhile said they did not expect the decision to affect the fight against terrorism but urged the countries to address their differences. “I do not expect that this will have any significant impact … on the unified fight against terrorism in the region or globally,” Tillerson told reporters in Sydney.
UAE supports statements of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia on Qatar
Abu Dhabi (WAM): The United Arab Emirates has issued the following statement:
“The UAE affirms its complete commitment and support to the Gulf Cooperation Council and to the security and stability of the GCC States. Within this framework, and based on the insistence of the State of Qatar to continue to undermine the security and stability of the region and its failure to honour international commitments and agreements, it has been decided to take the following measures that are necessary for safeguarding the interests of the GCC States in general and those of the brotherly Qatari people in particular:
1-In support of the statements issued by the sisterly Kingdom of Bahrain and sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates severs all relations with the State of Qatar, including breaking off diplomatic relations, and gives Qatari diplomats 48 hours to leave the UAE.
2-Preventing Qatari nationals from entering the UAE or crossing its points of entry, giving Qatari residents and visitors in the UAE 14 days to leave the country for precautionary security reasons. The UAE nationals are likewise banned from traveling to or staying in Qatar or transiting through its territories.
3-Closure of UAE airspace and seaports for all Qataris in 24 hours and banning all Qatari means of transportation, coming to or leaving the UAE, from crossing, entering or leaving the UAE territories, and taking all legal measures in collaboration with friendly countries and international companies with regards to Qataris using the UAE airspace and territorial waters, from and to Qatar, for national security considerations.
The UAE is taking these decisive measures as a result of the Qatari authorities’ failure to abide by the Riyadh Agreement on returning GCC diplomats to Doha and its Complementary Arrangement in 2014, and Qatar’s continued support, funding and hosting of terror groups, primarily Islamic Brotherhood, and its sustained endeavours to promote the ideologies of Daesh and Al Qaeda across its direct and indirect media in addition to Qatar’s violation of the statement issued at the US-Islamic Summit in Riyadh on May 21st, 2017 on countering terrorism in the region and considering Iran a state sponsor of terrorism. The UAE measures are taken as well based on Qatari authorities’ hosting of terrorist elements and meddling in the affairs of other countries as well as their support of terror groups policies which are likely to push the region into a stage of unpredictable consequences.
While regretting the policies taken by the State of Qatar that sow seeds of sedition and discord among the region’s countries, the UAE affirms its full respect and appreciation for the brotherly Qatari people on account of the profound historical, religious and fraternal ties and kin relations binding UAE and Qatari people.”
Qatar regrets decision made by Saudi, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt
In a statement issued by the Qatari foreign ministry, the country said it regretted the decision by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain to cut diplomatic relations, according to Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV. It also claimed that the decisions would “not affect the normal lives of citizens and residents”.
Four Arab states cut diplomatic ties with Qatar
Dubai: Four Arab states have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt all announced they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar, while Saudi Arabia also said Qatari troops would be pulled from the ongoing war in Yemen.