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    Persian Gulf Disarray: a Number of States Sever Relations With Qatar (238)

    The Persian Gulf countries have threatened Qatar with more sanctions should Doha refuse to meet their demands on ceasing the support of terrorism, Bahraini Ambassador to Russia Ahmed Saati told Sputnik.

    "If Qatar continues now to change topic and visit the world powers – Washington, Moscow, the European Union to continue the same policy and buy over the position of these countries with trade and military deals, we have other trump cards to defend our rights and we will not watch idly. If this country continues moving in the same direction and does not give up its policies, we have other decisions to respond to Qatar and stop terrorists … legal, political, diplomatic measures," Saati said.

    Saati also told Sputnik that the only Bahrain's demand is Qatar ending the support of terrorist groups.

    He added that Bahrain has evidence of Qatar's alleged financial support provided to terrorists.

    "We have proof of Qatar’s direct contacts with separate heads of organizations and groups in London or Doha, and their financial support by it," Saati said.

    According to the ambassador, the government of Bahrain is aware of terrorist groups in their country, which are supported by Qatar.

    "The presence of Qatar’s relations with various [terrorist] groups has been discovered many years ago, but now it reached certain borders. We cannot neglect our security, seeing that Qatar is continuing its policy," Saati added.

    The ambassador added that the Gulf states had provided Qatar with time to take necessary steps to change the situation for the better, as they did not want the diplomatic row to have a negative impact on the activities of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which comprises six countries, including Qatar.

    On June 5, Bahrain along with several other countries severed diplomatic ties with Qatar over its alleged support of terrorist organizations and role in destabilizing the situation in the Middle East. Qatar has denied the accusations but said Doha would not take retaliatory measures.

    The diplomatic crisis around Qatar was triggered after a Qatari news agency published a statement of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani calling for the establishment of relations with Iran and expressing support for the Muslim Brotherhood (a terrorist organization banned in Russia).

    Doha later said that the agency's website was hacked and there was no such statement from Qatari leader. Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain viewed the explanation as unconvincing. A number of other states, including Turkey and Kuwait, have been attempting to mediate the crisis by diplomatic means.

    Persian Gulf Disarray: a Number of States Sever Relations With Qatar (238)


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