Philippines halts workers' deployment to Qatar

The Philippines on Tuesday halted the deployment of workers to Qatar as the Gulf state grappled with a diplomatic crisis after its neighbours cut ties with Doha. Labour chief Silvestre Bello said Manila was taking precautions as it fears that problems like food shortages could affect the more than 200,000 Filipinos in Qatar should the crisis worsen. President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman Ernesto Abella said the actions by the Gulf states may have “some ripple effects” on Filipino workers

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MOFA: Kuwait keen on ending crisis through direct dialogue

The State of Kuwait continues to take a "moderate and balanced" approach to issues in the region, a Foreign Ministry official said Monday, affirming keenness to end crises through direct dialogue.

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Qatar crisis: All the latest updates

1:50pm - Abu Dhabi port 'eases restrictions'

      • Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Authority has eased restrictions on cargoes going to and from Qatar, Reuters news agency reports. 

      • A new circular states all vessels carrying the Qatari flag and vessels owned or operated by Qatar are not allowed into its petroleum port, removing a reference to vessels arriving from or destined to Qatar.

1:30pm - UAE wants change in Qatar's policies

      • The UAE wants to change Qatar's policies, not "its regime", Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said citing a government official.

12:30pm - Kuwait emir heading to Abu Dhabi

      • Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah has flown to Abu Dhabi to continue talks on resolving the Gulf crisis. 

      • On Tuesday, he had talks with the Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz on ways to defuse the escalating crisis between Arab countries and Qatar.

11:30am - Moscow says 'zero' proof Russian hackers involved in Qatar crisis 

      • Moscow has dismissed allegations that Russian hackers helped spark the diplomatic crisis around Qatar, after CNN reported that US officials believed they planted a false news story. 

      • "We're getting tired of reacting to unsubstantiated banalities," Andrei Krutskikh, a Kremlin advisor on cybersecurity, told the Interfax news agency.

      • "Whatever happens it is hackers. It's a stale claim and as ever there is zero evidence, and conclusions are drawn before the incident is even investigated," he said.

9:50am - Etihad Airways says Qatari passport holders barred from travel or transit via UAE 

      • Abu Dhabi state-owned Etihad Airways said all travellers holding Qatari passports are currently prohibited from travelling to or transiting through the United Arab Emirates as part of government instructions.

      • Expatriates residing in Qatar and in possession of a Qatari residence visa will also not be eligible for visa on arrival in the UAE, Etihad spokesman said in an email.

8:30am - UAE bans show of sympathy towards Qatar 

      • "Strict and firm action will be taken against anyone who shows sympathy or any form of bias towards Qatar, or against anyone who objects to the position of the United Arab Emirates, whether it be through the means of social media, or any type of written, visual or verbal form," Gulf News quoted UAE Attorney-General Hamad Saif al-Shamsi as saying.

      • Offenders could be punished with a jail term of up to 15 years and a fine of at least 500,000 dirhams ($136,000), Gulf News reported. 

7:40am - Hamas 'shocked' by Saudi comments on Qatar

      • Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Paris on Tuesday that Qatar must sever ties with Hamas and its historic parent, the Muslim Brotherhood.

      • Hamas said in a statement early on Wednesday that Jubeir's remarks "constitute a shock for our Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic nations." 

6:30am - Qataris banned from Qantas flights to Dubai 

      • Qatari nationals will not be allowed to board Qantas flights to Dubai because the UAE has banned them from passing through its airports, an executive at the Australian airline has said.

      • The UAE had already said Qatari nationals would not be allowed to enter the country or cross its points of entry, although the practical effects on airline passengers had been unclear until now.

5:10am - Mauritanians protest in front of Qatar embassy

      • In a show of solidarity with Qatar, people in capital Nouakchott demonstrated outside of the Qatari embassy against its government's decision to severe ties with the Gulf state.

4:05am - Qatari ambassador to US discusses crisis

      • "All these issues are based on fabricated allegations. There is no proof," Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani told Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi.

      • "There's proof that Qatar is combatting terrorism. In Riyadh, Qatar was commended on that. Our commitment to the US is a solid commitment, and our commitment to the region is also solid, so this is not a question," the ambassador said.

1:56am - Qatar's gas exports unaffected

      • ExxonMobil Corp says production and exports of liquefied natural gas from Qatar have not been affected. 

      • The growing diplomatic rift has raised concerns about global access to Qatar's LNG, especially after some regional ports in the Gulf said they would not accept Qatari-flagged vessels.

1:48am - Trump talks to Saudi King Salman

      • "The two leaders discussed the critical goals of preventing the financing of terrorist organisations and eliminating the promotion of extremism by any nation in the region," according to a White House statement. 

      • "The president underscored that a united Gulf Cooperation Council is critical to defeating terrorism and promoting regional stability."

1:35am - Mauritania breaks diplomatic ties with Qatar

      • "The state of Qatar has linked its policies ... in support of terrorist organisations and the propagation of extremist ideas," said a statement from the ministry of foreign affairs of the West African country, a member of the Arab League.

1:10am - Pentagon chief speaks to Qatar's defence minister

      • US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis spoke on Tuesday by phone with his Qatari counterpart. No details of the talks were given, Reuters news agency quoted a source as saying. 

      • The Pentagon earlier renewed praise of Qatar for hosting a vital US air base and for its "enduring commitment to regional security". 

00:30am - Moroccan airline halts Doha transit flights

      • Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has announced that it had to suspend transit flights via Doha to and from UAE, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Egypt due to the cancellation of flights from Qatar to these countries.

      • RAM's direct flights continue to operate to and from Qatar to Morocco.

11:51pm - Erdogan criticises Qatar sanctions, wants stronger ties

      • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said "the sanctions taken against Qatar are not good".

      • "Turkey will continue and develop our ties with Qatar, as with all our friends who have supported us in the most difficult moments," he added in reference to last year's failed coup.

11:20pm - Jordan downgrades relations with Qatar

      • Jordan has said it will downgrade its diplomatic representation with Qatar after examining the "cause of the crisis" in the Gulf.

      • The country also revoked the license of Al Jazeera media network, Jordan's government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said.

10pm - Kuwaiti Emir departs for Saudi

      • Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah flies to Saudi Arabia to meet King Salman.

      • Al Sabah had asked Qatar's emir to postpone speech, to give time to solve the crisis.

9:13pm - Saudi Arabia: Qatar must "change policies"

      • Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has said the damage caused by economic measures taken by some Arab states against Qatar should convince it change its policies.

      • Qatar must end its support for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, the foreign minister said.

      • "We believe that common sense and logic and will convince Qatar to take the right steps," Adel al-Jubeir said in Paris.

      • "The decisions that were made were very strong and will have a fairly large cost on Qatar and we do not believe that Qataris want to sustain those costs."

8:30pm - IATA calls for restoring air links with Qatar

  • The International Air Transport Association has called on the countries that acted against Qatar to restore air links with the country, warning of major travel disruptions. "Of course we accept that countries have the right to close their borders," said IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac. "But connectivity with Qatar must be restored as quickly as possible."

7:25pm - French president keen to seek resolution of Gulf spat

  • The President of France, Emmanuel Macron has told Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani in a phone conversation that he plans to seek ways to reduce tensions between Qatar and its neighbours.

7:22pm - Pentagon grateful to Qatar; no comment on Trump tweets

  • Pentagon has said the US military is grateful for Qatar's support of US army presence in the country and "enduring commitment to regional security". The spokesperson declines to comment on US President Donald Trump's tweets.

4:45pm - Trump tweets on Qatar for the second time

  • US President Donald Trump has said on Twitter: "So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!"

3:45pm - Philippines bars workers from travelling to Qatar

  • The Philippine government temporarily has suspended the deployment of Filipino workers to Qatar, the labour secretary said. Silvestre Bello said there was no plan yet to repatriate more than 200,000 Filipino workers in Qatar.

3:06pm - US President Donald Trump tweets

  • For the first time since the crisis unfolded, Trump has weighed in. His tweet: "During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!"

12:20am - Saudi suspends Qatar Airways license

  • According to the Saudi press, transport authorities in Saudi have cancelled Qatar Airways license to operate in Saudi Arabia.  

  • The authorities also decides to close all Qatar's Airways offices in the Kingdom.

11:50am - BeIn sports network appears blocked in UAE

  • Authorities and telecommunications companies did not provide further details. BeIN acquired Al Jazeera's sports channels in 2013.

11:20am - UAE demands guarantees before mending Qatar ties

  • "We need a guaranteed roadmap to rebuild confidence after our covenants were broken," UAE state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter.

  • Gargash accused Doha of turning to "money and media and partisanship and extremism" in a series of tweets early on Tuesday. Qatar has denied the allegations.

10:00am - Qatar stocks rebound in early trade

  • Qatar's stock market rebounded in early trade on Tuesday after plunging on the previous day.

  • The Qatari stock index was up 2.7 percent after half an hour of trade; it rose as much as 3.2 percent at one stage. On Monday, it had tumbled 7.3 percent.

9:20am - Aluminium exports from Qatar blocked

  • Exports of aluminium from the Qatalum metals plant in Qatar have been blocked by the UAE, Norway's Norsk Hydro said.

  • Norsk Hydro owns a 50-percent stake on the Qatalum joint venture, which produces more than 600,000 tonnes per year of primary aluminium to customers in Asia, Europe and the United States.

  • "Most Qatalum shipments normally go through the large Jebel Ali port in UAE, but this port looks to be closed for all Qatar shipments from Tuesday morning," Norsk Hydro said in a statement.

8:23am - Qatar Airways suspends flights to UAE, Egypt, Bahrain

  • Qatar Airways has cancelled flights to Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates from Tuesday until further notice, the airline said on its website, a day after it had suspended flights to Saudi Arabia.

  • The airline said passengers holding a confirmed Qatar Airways ticket to any of the four countries between June 5 and July 6 are permitted to rebook their flights up to 30 days after their current departure date.

  • Qatar Airways said its offices will continue to operate as normal in affected countries until further notice.

8:00am - Erdogan holds talks on lowering tensions

  • Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone with the leaders of Qatar, Russia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia on lowering tension, presidential sources said.

    "The importance of regional peace and stability was underlined in the talks, as well as the importance of focusing on the path of diplomacy and dialogue to lower the current tension," according to the sources.

1:30am - Qatar's foreign minister interview

  • "For us, the strategic choice of the state of Qatar is to solve any dispute through dialogue," Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani tells Al Jazeera.

  • "Regarding the reasons for this escalation, honestly, we don't know if there were real reasons for this crisis", Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani tells Al Jazeera.

  • "There were no indications [of a crisis] whatsoever," in the latest GCC meeting, or the American-Islamic-Arab summit. 

  • He said the emir of Kuwait was traveling to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to assist in "containing the crisis". 

  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will give a speech to the nation on Tuesday to address the situation.

  • He added there's a big question mark over the future of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). 

  • "There was an unprecedented escalation from the [Gulf] mass media.. but Qatar has not met this escalation with escalation".

10:40pm - Kuwait calls for restraint

  • Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has called Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and "urged him for restraint and not to take any measure that could escalate" the situation in the Gulf, according to the state-run KUNA news agency.

8:30pm - Turkey is seeking to resolve Gulf spat

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is "actively involved" in efforts to resolve the diplomatic spat between Qatar and its neighbours, according to Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus.

8pm - US military has "no plans" for change

  • The US military's Central Command says it has "no plans to change our posture in Qatar" amid a Gulf diplomatic crisis. Major Adrian J T Rankine-Galloway said in a statement that US military aircraft continue to fly missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria from Qatar's Al-Udeid air base.

7:30pm - Egypt airspace to close on Tuesday morning

  • Egypt's ministry of civil aviation has announced that the country's airspace will be closed to Qatari flights starting Tuesday 04:00GMT.

6:30pm - Israel praises anti-Qatar moves

  • Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's defence minister, has praised the measures against Qatar, saying "there is no doubt that this opens very many possibilities of cooperation in the struggle against terror".

6:25pm -  Saudi shuts Al Jazeera office 

  • Saudi Arabia has shut down Al Jazeera Media Network's local office, according to Saudi state media

5:40pm - No Qatari vessels allowed in Saudi ports

  • The Saudi Ports Authority has notified shipping agents not to receive vessels carrying Qatari flags or ships that are owned by Qatari companies or individuals.

5:10pm - Egypt suspends air and sea links

  • Egypt's foreign ministry said in a statement the country was suspending air and sea links to Qatar, citing national security.

4:40pm - Turkey expresses 'sorrow'

  • Turkey is ready to help however it can to bring the disputes to a manageable level, said Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaking at a joint press conference in Ankara.

  • Cavusoglu also said: "Turkey sees the unity and solitary among Gulf states as our own unity".

4pm - Iran's food 'can reach in 12 hours'

  • Food shipments sent from Iran can reach Qatar in 12 hours, said Reza Nourani, chairman of the union of exporters of agricultural products.

3:30pm - UAE port to turn away Qatar-bound vessels

  • UAE's Port of Fujairah says all vessels flying the flag of Qatar or destined for Qatar will not be allowed to call at the port.

3:30pm - Iran calls for dialogue

  • Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted on the ministry's website as calling for a "clear and explicit dialogue" among the feuding nations. Iran says rising tensions among its Arab Gulf neighbours threaten the interests of everyone in the region.

3:15pm - Maldives cuts ties with Qatar

  • Decision made because of the Maldives "firm opposition to activities that encourage terrorism and extremism".

3:10pm - Egypt recalls ambassador

  • Egypt's foreign ministry says it has given the Qatari ambassador in Cairo 48 hours to leave the country and has ordered its own envoy in Doha to return home, also within two days.

2:50pm - Libya's Haftar cuts ties with Qatar

  • The faction led by Khalifa Haftar, one of three rival governments in Libya, announced it is cutting ties with Qatar.

  • Haftar's foreign minister accuses Qatar of "harbouring terrorism". 

2pm - Saudi closes border with Qatar

  • Saudi Transport authority confirms immediate border closure with Qatar by land and by sea.

1:30pm - Saudi border line up

  • Reports of trucks being lined up across the border in Saudi Arabia unable to enter Qatar.

1:20pm - Updates from FIFA

  • Football's world governing body says it remains in "regular contact with Qatar".

  • FIFA issued a short statement saying it has spoken with "the Qatar 2022 Local Organizing Committee and the Supreme Committee for Delivery Legacy handling matters relating to the 2022 FIFA World Cup".

  • It said: "We have no further comments for the time being".

1:15pm - Air Arabia flights suspended from Tuesday

  • Air Arabia, a low-cost airline based in the United Arab Emirates, said it is suspending flights to Qatar along with other Emirati airlines over a growing diplomatic crisis.

  • Air Arabia says its flights will be suspended from Tuesday "until further notice".

12:10pm - Saudia flights suspended from Monday

  • Saudi Arabian Airlines says it is suspending flights to the Qatari capital, Doha.

  • The airline, also known as Saudia, posted on Twitter that it would be halting flights from Monday morning, without elaborating.

11:05am - FlyDubai flights cancelled from Tuesday

  • Dubai's budget carrier FlyDubai says it has canceled its flights to Qatar amid a diplomatic dispute between it and other Arab countries.

  • The carrier said on Monday that, starting Tuesday, all flights would be suspended. It offered no other details.

  • FlyDubai's decision follows that of Emirates and Etihad in canceling flights to Doha.

10:45am - Yemen cuts ties with Qatar

  • Yemen's internationally recognised government has cut relations with Qatar and says it supports the decision by the Saudi-led coalition to end Qatar's participation in the war on the Houthis in Yemen. Qatar has been part of the coalition since March 2015.

  • The government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi says it severed ties with Qatar in part over is support of extremist groups in Yemen "in contradiction with the goals announced by the countries supporting the legitimate government".

10:20am - Emirates flights cancelled from Tuesday

  • The Dubai-based airline Emirates says it is suspending flights to Qatar amid a growing diplomatic rift.

  • Emirates said on its website on Monday flights would be suspended until further notice starting Tuesday.

10am - US urges GCC unity

  • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in Sydney: "It is important that the GCC remain a unified [front]".

  • Tillerson does not expect the rift "to have any significant impact, if any impact at all, on the unified fight against terrorism".

  • Qatar hosts the largest US military base in the Middle East.

9:55am - Qatar's official reaction

  • Qatar says there is "no legitimate justification" for four Arab nations to cut diplomatic ties.

  • Qatar also says the decision is a "violation of its sovereignty", vowing to its citizens it will not affect them.

READ: Qatar's reaction in full

8:35am - Etihad suspends flights from Tuesday

  • Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad said it is suspending flights to Qatar from June 6 "until further notice".

  • Etihad said its last flights would leave early Tuesday morning.

  • Etihad gave no reason for the decision. It is the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates.

6:10am - UAE, Egypt cut ties with Qatar

  • The United Arab Emirates and Egypt have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

  • Both the UAE and Egypt made the announcement on their state-run news agencies within minutes of each other.

6am - Saudi cuts ties with Qatar

  • 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 on Monday. It appeared to be timed in concert with an earlier announcement by Bahrain similarly cutting ties.

  • The dispute between Qatar and the Gulf's Arab countries escalated recently over a hack of Qatar's state-run news agency. It has spiraled since.

5:50am - Bahrain cuts ties 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 on 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.

QATAR CRISIS UPDATES : Major crisis in the Gulf: UAE, Egypt Saudi Arabia and Bahrain Yemen cut diplomatic ties with Qatar

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Following the decision by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen and Libya to cut diplomatic relations with Qatar on Monday, UAE airliners Emirates, Etihad and FlyDubai have decided to suspend flights to Doha until further notice. Emirates, the Dubai government-controlled international carrier of the UAE, said in an e-mailed statement that As instructed by the UAE government, Emirates will suspend its flights to and from Doha, starting from the morning of June 6, 2017, until further notice."
All customers booked on Emirates' flights to and from Doha will be provided with alternative options, including full refunds on unused tickets and free rebooking to the nearest alternate Emirates destinations, said the carrier. Dubai-based budget carrier FlyDubai and Etihad Airways, owned by the government in Abu Dhabi (The UAE capital) also said they would stop flying to Doha until further notice
 
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Command of Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen ends Qatar's participation
KSA The Command of Coalition to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen announced that it has decided to end the participation of the State of Qatar in the coalition due to its practices that enhance terrorism, support for its organizations in Yemen including Al-Qaeda and Da'esh (ISIS), and dealing with coup militias in Yemen which is contrary to the coalition's objectives of which the most important one is fighting terrorism
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The Republic of Maldives has cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar following the move by several states in the Middle East.
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Doha Many residents have rushed to supermarkets in Qatar this morning to stock up on food items after waking up to news of Saudi Arabia closing the country’s only land border.
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Majority of flights in and out of Qatar's Doha airport are taking a new route via Iran & Turkey
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Egyptair cancels all flights to Qatar
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A number of Arab countries including Saudi Arabia and Egypt have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. They say Qatar backs militant groups including so-called Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda, which Qatar denies. Qatar called the decision "unjustified" and with "no basis in fact".

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Saudi Arabia Shuts Aljazeera Over Row With Qatar ..

KSA Saudi Arabia on Monday shut the local office of Qatar’s Al-Jazeera global news channel after the kingdom and other Gulf states severed ties with the Qatar.
The Ministry of Information closed the office of the Al-Jazeera channel and withdrew the licence it was granted

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Egypt UAE Saudi's port authority says it will not allow ships raising Qatar's flag to use the countries ports

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Special squad to protect Kuwait airport

Specially trained 30 member security team will begin work at the Kuwait International Airport early next week.

The special squad personnel are well-trained to deal with suspicious people, explosives and hazardous materials.According to reports the members of the squad will have free access to all areas of the airport to ensure tight security and protection of passengers in light of the political conflicts and terrorist threats in the region

Ministry may freeze ban on renewal of family visas

The Ministry of Interior is expected to freeze its earlier decision on banning renewal of family visas for parents, siblings and other relatives except for some limited cases, Arabic news paper Al-Anba reported.

The news paper reported that he decision was criticized by the authorities at the highest level. Daily reported that such decision should have not been taken by a security leader without consulting the higher leadership because such decisions affect and influence the reputation of Kuwait at world level. Earlier, in a circular issued by the Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passport Affairs, the affected family members of expatriate workers will be given three-month temporary visas to prepare themselves after which they must leave the country or face deportation.

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Major crisis in the Gulf: UAEEgypt Saudi Arabia and Bahrain Yemen cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over 'terrorism'.

Qatar denounces unjustified cut of diplomatic ties by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain..

Qatar has hit out at the decision of five Arab nations to cut military and diplomatic ties with the country, saying there is "no legitimate justification" for the move. The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Qatar said it had been the victim of a "campaign of lies" designed to destabilise the region, hours after Bahrain,Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE declared they would be severing all ties.


Qatar said the decision was a "violation of its sovereignty", and promised its own citizens that the row will not be allowed to affect them

Gulf diplomatic crisis: Qatar's reaction in full

Read Qatar's full response to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cutting diplomatic relations.

Qatar foreign ministry expressed deep regret at the diplomatic rift with its neighbours

The following statement was posted online in Arabic by the Qatari foreign ministry on Monday.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar expressed its deep regret and surprise at the decisions by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain to close their borders and airspace, and sever diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar, bearing in mind that these measures are unjustified and based on false claims and assumptions.

The State of Qatar has been subjected to a campaign of lies that have reached the point of complete fabrication. It reveals a hidden plan to undermine the State of Qatar. 

Qatar is an active member of the Gulf Cooperation Council and is fully committed to its charter. Qatar respects the sovereignty of other nations and does not interfere in their internal affairs, and it has fulfilled its role in fighting terrorism and extremism. It is clear that the media campaign of fabrications has failed to sway public opinion in the region, and among Gulf countries in particular, and this explains the continued escalation against Qatar. That reasons were fabricated in order to take action against a brotherly GCC nation is clear evidence that there is no legitimate justification for such measures, which have been implemented in coordination with Egypt.

Their purpose is clearly the imposition of guardianship over Qatar, which is in itself a violation of its sovereignty, and is rejected outright. The Qatari statement pointed out that the allegations contained in the statements by the three GCC nations announcing the severing of relations clearly confirms the existence of a planned and clandestine media campaign, which has included fabrications and fake news.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that these measures will not affect the normal course of life of citizens and residents of Qatar. The Qatari government will take all necessary measures to ensure this and thwart attempts to influence and harm Qatari society and economy. Finally, Qatar's Foreign Ministry expressed its regret that the three countries have determined, at this critical time for the region, that there are no greater threats to their people that require their attention, and have instead decided to target and cause harm to the State of Qatar." 

Source: Al Jazeera News

Kuwait Municipality denies existence of plastic rice in markets

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Kuwait Municipality has denied rumors about the existence of plastic rice in the local markets. In response to a rumour circulating on social media channels regarding on a video clip, the municipality has clarified that there is nothing in the market known as plastic rice, The Public Relations and Media Department of Kuwait Municipality called on all citizens and expatriates to call the hotline number 1844448 to report any complaints, affirming that necessary legal actions will be taken immediately

UAE Embassy in London warns Emiratis after attack

Emiratis told to stay clear from London Bridge and Borough Market

Dubai: The UAE Embassy in London has warned Emiratis to stay clear from the areas affected by Saturday night’s terror attack, which killed seven people and injuring more than 30. On Sunday, the  UAE Embassy tweeted out a cautionary message to citizens, urging Emiratis to avoid London Bridge and Borough Market, and to follow the instructions of the London Metropolitan Police.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation also affirmed in a statement today the UAE's firm and clear stance against extremism and terrorism, stressing that the terrorist crimes of London, “reaffirm the urgent need for international efforts to combat extremism and terrorism in all its forms.” The ministry also called for joint cooperation from countries against security threats.

The ministry also expressed its sincere condolences and condolences to the families of the victims of the terror attack.

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