On Monday, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region with its support for terrorist groups, and banned their citizens to travel to Doha, and announced the closure of land, maritime and airspace borders to Qatari transport vehicles, aircraft and sea vessels.
Similar move was followed by Libya, the Maldives, and Comoros, whereas Jordan announced downgrading its diplomatic representation in Qatar and the cancellation of the license of Al Jazeera channel in the Kingdom.
The Mauritanian authorities have also officially cut diplomatic relations with Qatar, and Djibouti announced reduction in its diplomatic representation with Qatar. On the other hand, Senegal called its ambassador in Qatar and expressed its support to Saudi Arabia.
Qatar was also expelled from a Saudi-led coalition in fighting in Yemen.
Emirates Post halts services to Qatar
Emirates Post Group has suspended postal services to Qatar from all of its postal offices in the UAE from 6th June, until further notice.
The EPG also advised all customers that apart from temporarily stopping the delivery of mail items to the State of Qatar, all as yet undelivered items will be returned with the corresponding postal fees according to procedures and regulations.
Measures for safeguarding GCC states interests
In a statement on its website, the UAE Ministry of State for Foreign Affairs said: “The UAE affirms its complete commitment and support to the Gulf Cooperation Council and to the security and stability of the GCC States. Within this framework, and based on the insistence of the State of Qatar to continue to undermine the security and stability of the region and its failure to honour international commitments and agreements, it has been decided to take the following measures that are necessary for safeguarding the interests of the GCC States in general and those of the brotherly Qatari people in particular:
1-In support of the statements issued by the sisterly Kingdom of Bahrain and sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates severs all relations with the State of Qatar, including breaking off diplomatic relations, and gives Qatari diplomats 48 hours to leave the UAE.
2-Preventing Qatari nationals from entering the UAE or crossing its points of entry, giving Qatari residents and visitors in the UAE 14 days to leave the country for precautionary security reasons. The UAE nationals are likewise banned from traveling to or staying in Qatar or transiting through its territories.
3-Closure of UAE airspace and seaports for all Qataris in 24 hours and banning all Qatari means of transportation, coming to or leaving the UAE, from crossing, entering or leaving the UAE territories, and taking all legal measures in collaboration with friendly countries and international companies with regards to Qataris using the UAE airspace and territorial waters, from and to Qatar, for national security considerations.
The UAE is taking these decisive measures as a result of the Qatari authorities’ failure to abide by the Riyadh Agreement on returning GCC diplomats to Doha and its Complementary Arrangement in 2014, and Qatar’s continued support, funding and hosting of terror groups, primarily Islamic Brotherhood, and its sustained endeavours to promote the ideologies of Daesh and Al Qaeda across its direct and indirect media in addition to Qatar’s violation of the statement issued at the US-Islamic Summit in Riyadh on May 21st, 2017 on countering terrorism in the region and considering Iran a state sponsor of terrorism. The UAE measures are taken as well based on Qatari authorities’ hosting of terrorist elements and meddling in the affairs of other countries as well as their support of terror groups – policies which are likely to push the region into a stage of unpredictable consequences.
While regretting the policies taken by the State of Qatar that sow seeds of sedition and discord among the region’s countries, the UAE affirms its full respect and appreciation for the brotherly Qatari people on account of the profound historical, religious and fraternal ties and kin relations binding UAE and Qatari peoples."