UAE recalls citizens from, suspends flights to Qatar
Four nations including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and UAE cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of creating instability in region.
HIGHLIGHTS: Gulf Arab states, Egypt, sever ties with Qatar
– Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain cut diplomatic and consular relations with the state of Qatar and will close all ground, sea and air ports to forbid transit, state news agencies said.
– It was not immediately clear when these measures would be implemented. Saudi Arabia said it would "begin immediate legal measures with friendly, sisterly countries and international companies to implement that measure as quickly as possible for all types of transit from and to the state of Qatar."
– Abu Dhabi-based Ethiad Airways said it would suspend flights to and from Qatar on Tuesday.
– The decision forbids Saudi, UAE and Bahraini citizens from travelling to Qatar, residing in it or passing through it, SPA said. Residents and visitors of those countries must leave Qatar within 14 days. Qatari citizens have 14 days to leave Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.
– Qatar has been expelled from a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.
– Egypt said it was also severing ties and would close its airspace and seaports for all Qatari transportation to protect its national security. It was not immediately clear whether it was expelling Qataris or had asked its citizens to come home.
The coordinated move dramatically escalates a simmering dispute over Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood and adds accusations that Doha even backs the agenda of Iran.
The three Gulf states announced the closure of transport ties with Qatar and gave Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave their countries.
Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of backing militant groups and spreading their violent ideology, in an apparent reference to its influential state-owned satellite channel Al Jazeera.
"(Qatar) embraces multiple terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at disturbing stability in the region, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Daesh, and Al Qaeda, and promotes the message and schemes of these groups through their media constantly," state news agency SPA said.
There was no immediate Qatari reaction to the announcements, but it has denied supporting terrorism or Iran in the past.
On its state news agency, Egypt, the Arab world's most populous nation, said Qatar's policy "threatens Arab national security and sows the seeds of strife and division within Arab societies according to a deliberate plan aimed at the unity and interests of the Arab nation."
The Latest on the Gulf Arab dispute with Qatar:
Gulf Air suspends flights to and from Qatar
Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier, on Monday announced the suspension of all its flights to and from Qatar, starting June 5.
The airline said in a statement that it will suspend its multiple daily service between Bahrain and Doha with effect from 23:59 on the 5th June, local Bahrain time, and until further notice, the Bahrain News Agency reported.
Saudi Arabian Airlines announces suspension of all flights to and from Qatar
Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saudia, has announced that that it will suspend all flights to and from Qatar.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, an airline official said that all flights to and from Qatar have stopped starting from today, adding, "Guests who have pre-confirmed reservations to and from Doha before the announcement of this decision can change their destinations or refund tickets without any additional charges."
Libya's eastern-based government cuts diplomatic ties with Qatar
Libya's eastern-based government has followed regional allies in cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar, its foreign minister, Mohamed Dayri, said.
The government, which sits in the eastern city of Bayda, has little authority within Libya. It is appointed by a parliament that also sits in the east and is aligned with powerful military commander Khalifa Haftar. They have spurned a UN-backed, internationally recognised government in the capital, Tripoli.
Dayri gave no immediate explanation for the Libyan move.
Saudi Arabia bans all Qatari planes from its airports, airspace
Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said on Monday it has banned all Qatari planes from landing in the kingdom's airports, following the worst rift in years among the Gulf countries.
A statement from the aviation body said the decision was effective immediately and involves all the Qatari private and commercial airplanes which will be banned from crossing the Saudi airspace.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has suspended all flights to Qatar, it said on its official Twitter account on Monday, without providing further details.
Flight disruptions at Doha airport
Many flights were delayed or diverted at Doha's Hamad International Airport on Monday after UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.
The countries have also suspended all flights to and from Doha from Tuesday morning until further notice.
Meanwhile, Qatar Airways said on its official website that it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia.
Qatar bonds slide after Gulf states sever ties
Qatar's 2026 sovereign dollar bond fell to its lowest level since March on Monday after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
Qatar's 2026 dollar-denominated eurobond fell 1.8 cents, according to Tradweb data, to 99 cents in the dollar. The shorter-term 2019 equivalent also slid, hitting its lowest since at least late 2013.
Credit rating agency Moody's said that the regional rift could have a negative impact on Qatar if it disrupts trade and capital flows.
Yemen cuts diplomatic ties with Qatar
Yemen's internationally recognised government cut ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of working with its enemies in the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, state news agency Saba reported.
"Qatar's practices of dealing with the (Houthi) coup militas and supporting extremist groups became clear," the government said in a statement.
It added that Yemen supported a decision by a Saudi-led coalition fighting for more than two years to oust the Houthis from the capital Sanaa to remove Qatar from its ranks announced earlier on Monday.
Flydubai to suspend flights to Qatar
Dubai based airline flydubai will suspend all flights to and from Doha from June 6 until further notice.
A flydubai spokesperson confirmed to Khaleej Times, ""From Tuesday 06 June 2017, all flydubai flights between Dubai and Doha will be suspended.
Passengers who have purchased tickets for travel between Dubai and Doha are advised to contact their travel agent, the flydubai travel shop in Doha on 00974 4 4227350/51 or our Contact Centre in Dubai on (00971) 600 54 44 45 to arrange a refund."
UAE asks Qataris to leave in 14 days
The UAE has given Qatari residents and visitors 14 days to leave the country for precautionary security reasons. It will be preventing Qatari nationals from entering the country or crossing its points of entry. UAE airspace and seaports will be closed for all Qataris in 24 hours.
Qatari diplomats will also have to exit within 48 hours.
The UAE nationals have been banned from travelling to or staying in Qatar or transiting through its territories.
Etihad Airways to suspend flights to and from Qatar from Tuesday
The Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad says it is suspending flights to Qatar amid a growing diplomatic rift.
Etihad said on its website Monday its last flights "until further notice" would leave early Tuesday morning.
Etihad gave no reason for the decision. It is the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates.
Saudi to provide 'all assistance' to Qatari pilgrims
Saudi Arabia will provide all facilities and services for Qatari pilgrims currently in the Kingdom despite its decision to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar on Monday.
Earlier, a statement issued by the Saudi Press Agency instructed Saudi citizens to not travel, stay or transit in Qatar. Saudi citizens and visitors currently in Qatar are requested to leave the country in no more than 14 days.
For security purposes, Qatari citizens are also not allowed to enter or transit in Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom will give Qatari citizens no more than 14 days to leave the country, Al Arabiya English reports.
However, these directives do not affect Qatari pilgrims currently in Saudi Arabia.
Egypt severs diplomatic relations with Qatar
The Egyptian government has decided to sever diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar in light of the insistence of the Qatari government to take an anti-Egyptian stance and the failure of all attempts to dissuade it from supporting terrorist organisations, especially the Muslim Brotherhood organisation and its leaders, who have been sentenced in the course of terrorist operations targeting the security and safety of Egypt.
The Middle East News Agency quoted a statement issued by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry as saying that the decision is the result of Qatar's promotion of al-Qaeda and Daesh's ideologies and supporting the terrorist operations in Sinai, as well as Qatar's insistence on interfering in the internal affairs of Egypt and the countries of the region.
The United Arab Emirates and Egypt have cut diplomatic ties to Qatar.
The two countries have joined Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in cutting ties to Qatar amid a growing Arab diplomatic dispute with the small, gas-rich nation.
Both the UAE and Egypt made the announcement on their state-run news agencies within minutes of each other.
Saudi Arabia says it is cutting diplomatic ties to Qatar and it has pulled all Qatari troops from the ongoing war in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia made the announcement via its state-run Saudi Press Agency early Monday. It appeared to be timed in concert with an earlier announcement by Bahrain similarly cutting ties.
Bahrain severs relations with Qatar
Bahrain says it is cutting diplomatic ties to Qatar amid a deepening rift between Gulf Arab nations.
Bahrain's Foreign Affairs Ministry issued a statement early Monday saying it would withdraw its diplomatic mission from the Qatari capital of Doha within 48 hours and that all Qatari diplomats should leave Bahrain within the same period.
The ministry's statement said Qatari citizens needed to leave Bahrain within two weeks and that air and sea traffic between the two countries would be halted. It wasn't immediately clear how that would affect Qatar Airways, one of the region's major long-haul carriers.
Bahrain blamed Qatar's "media incitement, support for armed terrorist activities and funding linked to Iranian groups to carry out sabotage and spreading chaos in Bahrain" for its decision.
Qatar had no immediate comment.
UAE's official news agency WAM tweeted about the move on Twitter. In a series of tweets, UAE has asked the country diplomatic mission to leave the country within 48 hours. The Emirates has decided to prevent the entry into and through the country of the citizens to the state, says another tweet. Qatari citizens in the region have been given 14 days to leave the country for security and precautionary reasons. All the sea and airports coming and going to Qatar will be closed in 24 hours.