The Qatar blockade is a cold-war declaration from the Gulf Arab powers

September 25, 2018 By The Editor

The Qatar blockade is a cold-war declaration from the Gulf Arab powers

The Qatar blockade from the Gulf Arab powers seems a declaration of an isolationing war against Qatar.

The Qatar blockade from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives started with them saying they are severing diplomatic relations with Qatar.

The Gulf Arab powers announced on June 5 2017 that they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar “over its ties to terrorists”.

Saudi also closed the border and halted air and sea traffic with Qatar, urging “all brotherly countries and companies to do the same”.

The statement appeared to be timed in concert with an earlier announcement by Bahrain, which was similarly cutting ties and halting air and sea traffic between the two countries.

Later on Monday, the Maldives said in a statement that it took the decision to sever diplomatic ties “because of its firm opposition to activities that encourage terrorism and extremism”.

This Qatar blockade seems a cold-war path similar to the Russian Berlin wall.

The Qatar blockade is a cold-war declaration from the Gulf Arab powers, resmbling the 12 August 1961 East Germany blockade of Berlin.

 

In many ways, the siege of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, UAE and their allies is the most serious worldwide: it is a land, sea and airspace blockade.

Bahrain’s foreign ministry issued a statement saying it would withdraw its diplomatic mission from the Qatari capital, Doha, within 48 hours and that all Qatari diplomats should leave Bahrain within the same period.

The UAE said in a statement it was cutting off all ties with Qatar.

It also ordered Qatari citizens to leave the country within 14 days and banned its citizens from travelling to Qatar.

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Egypt also announced the closure of its airspace and seaports for all Qatari transportation “to protect its national security”, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

A Saudi-led coalition which for more than two years has been fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen separately announced that Qatar was no longer welcome in the alliance.

The group of states led by regional kingpin Saudi Arabia, apart from imposing a land, sea and air blockade on Qatar, issued a list of unacceptable requests.

The requests of the Qatar blockade resembles in fact a list of demands to the Qatari nation, from reducing ties with Iran, including the uncanny “shutting the broadcaster Al Jazeera”.

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Source: Al Jazeera

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