Iran says tension among Arab states "threat to interests" of all region

Ruben Ruiz
June 5, 2017

"He was given 48 hours to leave the country", the Egyptian ministry said in a statement.

Qatar is home to the forward headquarters of the US military's Central Command.

Iran says rising tensions among its Arab Gulf neighbors threaten the interests of everyone in the region and has called for "political and peaceful methods" to resolve the crisis, The Associated Press reports.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt are leading a group of Arab nations that are cutting ties with Qatar.

A statement on Saudi Arabia's state news agency announced the move Monday morning, in order to "protect national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism".

The UAE said its stance toward Qatar was in support of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

"(Qatar) embraces multiple terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at disturbing stability in the region, including the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS (Islamic State) and al-Qaeda, and promotes the message and schemes of these groups through their media constantly", Saudi state news agency SPA said.

Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, issued a statement of support for diplomatic assistance to the nations, saying it is important the countries "remain unified."

The countries all ordered their citizens out of Qatar and gave Qataris overseas 14 days to return home to their peninsular nation, whose only land border is with Saudi Arabia.

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Qatar is the world's biggest supplier of liquefied natural gas and a major supplier of condensate.

The UAE-based Emirates, Etihad, budget carrier flydubai, and Air Arabia have said they will stop flying between Dubai and Doha from Tuesday.

Qatar's local World Cup organising committee and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) which organises worldwide matches in the region, both declined to comment. "[The hackers] will be prosecuted according to the law", Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar's foreign minister, said on Wednesday.

Qatar long has faced criticism from its Arab neighbours over its support of Islamists.

In a Riyadh speech to Muslim leaders from around the world, Trump urged them to "drive out" extremists and "terrorists", as Sunni jihadists carry out attacks in many countries.

Kuwait and Oman are the only members of the Gulf Cooperation Council that have not joined the boycott. In March 2014, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Qatar over the rift.

"All nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism" in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and throughout the region, Trump said in Riyadh. However, it remains a key patron of the Islamic Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip.

Kristian Ulrichsen, a research fellow at Rice University, told AFP last month that "it may be the case that the Saudis and Emiratis feel emboldened by the success of their re-set of ties with the Trump presidency to become more assertive in regional affairs".

This time, Saudi Arabia has promised to "begin legal procedures for immediate understandings with brotherly and friendly countries and global companies to apply the same procedures as soon as possible".

Other reports by GizPress

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