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Qatar orders closure of Chadian embassy, gives diplomats 27 hours to leave

Reuters , Thursday 24 Aug 2017
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Qatar ordered the embassy of Chad be closed and gave its diplomats 72 hours to leave, the Qatari foreign ministry said on Thursday, accusing the African country of joining a "campaign of blackmail" with its decision to shutter the Qatari embassy.

Qatar is involved in a row with four Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain over allegations that Doha supports terrorism. Qatar denies the charges.

Chad said on Wednesday it was giving Qatari diplomats 10 days to leave the country, accusing Qatar of trying to destabilise the central African nation through its northern neighbour Libya.

The director of the Qatari foreign ministry's media department said the timing of the Chadian decision shows that it "comes within the campaign of political blackmail against the State of Qatar with the intention of joining the siege countries for very well known reasons".

Senegal said this week it had returned its ambassador to Qatar after having recalled him three months ago, in a bid to encourage a peaceful resolution to the feud.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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