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Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain pull ambassadors from Qatar

Three Gulf states withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar after alleging that the emirate has been meddling in their internal affairs

Ahram Online , Thursday 6 Mar 2014
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Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal (Photo: Reuters)
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Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have issued a joint statement withdrawing their ambassadors from Qatar.

"The three states have decided to start taking measures they see fit to protect their security and stability, affirming that they are safeguarding the interests of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, including neighbouring Qatar," the statement read.

Qatar has failed to "stick to the principles of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states and refraining from supporting all who threaten the security of the council states," the statement added.

In response, Qatar said it "regrets" the move, but will not reciprocate, AFP reported

Qatar's emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani committed to a security agreement during a meeting with Kuwait's emir and the Saudi monarch in Riyadh on 23 November 2013.

Calls for Qatar to abide by the agreement were reiterated on 17 February in Kuwait and again during a meeting of foreign ministry heads in Riyadh on 4 March. 

Qatar has failed to take the proper measure to put the agreement into effect, according to Wednesday's statement.

The statement additionally cited Qatar's support for "antagonistic media," a reference to the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera satellite channel. The channel has been accused of providing biased coverage in favour of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The trial of 20 journalists for supporting the group -- which has been officially labelled a terrorist organisation by the Egyptian authorities -- is to resume in Cairo on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies have been fearful that the Brotherhood's fall in Egypt could shake their authority in their own countries.

The UAE has detained Emirati and Egyptian Islamists for alleged links to the group. According to AFP, a Qatari national was sentenced to seven years in a UAE prison for fundraising for a local Brotherhood-linked group.

Qatar is a major backer of Syrian rebels, alongside Saudi Arabia. 

 

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Allen
06-03-2014 08:30am
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Qatar the terrorists haven....
Should be isolated as a consequence of its support of terrorism, and harboring of terrorists. A high price to pay, with zero gain for Qatar
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HU
05-03-2014 10:12pm
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The three human rights offenders
For Sure the oppressive regimes are fearing their people and orchestrating the murder of other Muslims . The dirty hands are visible in Egypt,Somalia and Pakistan. Saudi Arabia uses Islam oppress it,s Citizen and their absolute hold on total power by their family, stealing state coffers, terrorizing Citizens. May Allah show them the right path.
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Jack
05-03-2014 05:43pm
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Pot and Kettle
This is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. I beleive the government in Qatar to be evil and that it does not care about Muslims anywhere, nor does it care about its own people. The other gulf states are no better. The difference is that Qatar puts on a show of supporting Muslim causes, while the other Gulf states are afraid that the show will anger their American masters
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Hindi
05-03-2014 04:11pm
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Hah
Qatar do not need yor embassydoor .it was batter if you recall your embadsydoor from usa.
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John
05-03-2014 02:41pm
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No problems
Qatar is a brave country not like saudia arabia muslims ummah like Qatar policys .saudia is a pupped of usa and west .
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mhmd
05-03-2014 02:04pm
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dirty state
the small country that applies a foreign agenda i feel enormous hate to that dirty state this statement is so late
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SAWSAN MOSTAFA ALI
05-03-2014 01:10pm
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THIS IS WHAT'S CALLED""PREVENTIVE ACTION""
OBAMA IS COMING TO VISIT SAUDI ARABIA WITH ONE MISSION ONLY: TO TRY VERY HARD TO CONVINCE IT AND THE GULF NOT TO SUPPORT EGYPT BY ANY MEAN . RECALLING AMBASSADORS FROM QATAR WHICH IS THE REPRESENTATIVE OF USA IN THE GULF, IS CONSIDERED AN ANSWER BEFORE THE QUESTION EVEN SAID. GOD BLESS THOSE WHO SUPPORT EGYPT AS IT ALWAYS SUPPORTED THEM IN THE PAST.
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