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Saudi Arabia Cuts Diplomatic Relations With Qatar Following Bahrain

Sputnik News

05:41 05.06.2017(updated 13:01 05.06.2017)

Saudi Arabia reportedly severed diplomatic relations with Qatar.

Saudi Arabia on Monday announced severing diplomatic relations with Qatar, state news agency reported. Saudi Arabia also announced that it was cutting air and sea contact with Qatar.

"The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, exercising its sovereign rights guaranteed by the international law, and protecting national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism, decided to sever diplomatic and consular relations with the State of Qatar," the statement read.

Qatari citizens were given 14 days to leave Saudi Arabia following the severing of ties.

Also, it has been announced, that the Saudi-led coalition cancelled Qatar's participation in Yemen operation, citing al-Qaeda support.

The statement comes just after Bahrain announced cutting diplomatic relations with Qatar.

A statement, delivered by the official Bahrain news agency also stated that the country was cutting air and sea contact with its fellow Gulf Arab state and that it was giving its citizens in Qatar fourteen days to leave the country.


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