Four states make announcement Monday; S. Arabia cites support of Iranian militia and use of media; Egypt: [Qatar’s support of terror] 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.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have officially severed ties with Qatar over its ongoing support of terrorism.
The announcement was made on Monday morning, all four states officially cutting ties with Qatar in a coordinated move against terrorism. Each state made televised announcements to its people, citing reasons for the move.
All Gulf States gave Qatari residents in their countries two weeks to leave, announcing the closure of transport ties with Qatar.
Egypt emphasized that its reason to cut ties with Qatar is over the threat the Qatar places to “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.”
According to Saudi Arabia’s state news agency (SPA), “(Qatar) embraces multiple terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at disturbing stability in the region, including the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS (Islamic State) and al-Qaeda, and promotes the message and schemes of these groups through their media constantly,” referring to al Jazeera.
Saudi Arabia also expelled Qatar from its military efforts in Yemen, while criticizing Qatar for its support of Iranian militia.