Qatar crisis: what you need to know
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 19:37
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have made a decision to cut diplomatic relations with Qatar on Monday, close the borders and airspace. Yemen's internationally backed government, which has lost the capital and large portions of the war-torn country, also cut relations with Qatar, as did the Maldives and one of conflict-ridden Libya's competing governments.
USA officials in multiple agencies stressed their desire to promote a reconciliation between the Saudi-led group and Qatar, a state of 2.5 million people with vast natural gas reserves. Trucks carrying food had begun lining up on the Saudi side of the border, apparently stranded. Saudi Arabia and three Arab countries severed ties to Qatar on Monday, June 5, 2017 and moved to cut off land, s.
He added that the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim "directed us to have a strategic program" for Qatar so that it is not affected by any measures that might be taken by regional countries and to "work to be self-reliant in providing basic resources so that life would go by normally for citizens and residents". "Neighbors are permanent, geography can't be changed", he said. "I don't know that they needed any more of a green light than they got in public".
The former army chief and now president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, along with Cairo's allies in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, blacklist the Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation.
Qatar said there is "no legitimate justification" for cutting diplomatic ties.
Egypt's Foreign Ministry accused Qatar of taking an "antagonist approach" toward Cairo and said "all attempts to stop it from supporting terrorist groups failed".
"Regarding the reasons for this escalation, honestly, we don't know if there were real reasons for this crisis or whether it was based on things we're unaware of", Sheikh Mohammed was quoted as saying during an interview with Al Jazeera.
Riyadh accused Qatar of backing terrorism and extremism, while Bahrain charged Qatar with interfering in it internal affairs, according to a report published by The Guardian.
Sheikh Mohammed said that the Emir of Kuwait played a big role in the 2014 crisis.
At this stage, though, it's worth contacting the airline with which you've booked travel and ask about the options to re-route your flights or taking a full refund under waivers now being offered by each airline involved in the row.
Sheikh Sabah has urged his Qatari counterpart "to exercise restraint" and "give efforts aimed at containing tensions between brothers a chance", said the Kuwaiti news agency KUNA.