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

    US Secretary of Defense James Mattis was informed of the plans of some Gulf nations to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Dana White said in a briefing on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On June 5, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic relations with Qatar. The states accused Qatar of supporting terrorist groups, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist movement, as well as of interfering in other countries' domestic affairs. Libya made a similar decision. Yemen cut diplomatic relations citing Doha's links with Houthis. The Maldives took the same step, citing extremism and terrorism concerns. Mauritius joined the boycott. Mauritania broke off diplomatic ties with Qatar while Jordan downgraded ties with the country on June 6. The Comoros joined the campaign on June 7.

    The Qatari Foreign Ministry rejected the accusations of Doha's interference in other countries' domestic affairs and expressed regret over the decision of the Gulf States to cut off the diplomatic ties with it.

    "The secretary [Mattis] was aware," White told reporters. "He was aware that there was a discussion ties would be cut."


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


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