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Monday, June 5

Libya and Yemen also break off diplomatic relations with Qatar

(Also see Sputnik's report today Qatar Regrets Gulf States' "Unjustified" Move to Cut Diplomatic Ties)

10:46 - 05.06.2017 - (updated 11:50)
Sputnik

The Tobruk-based internationally recognized government of Libya has broken off diplomatic relations with Qatar following the move by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

On June 5, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic relations with Qatar citing security concerns over Doha's alleged support for terrorism.
"Qatar has been the main source of supplying weapons to the Libyan branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and other armed Islamist groups since 2012 and poses a threat to the national security of the Arab world," Foreign Minister Mohammed Dairi said as quoted by Sky News Arabia.
Earlier in the day, Yemen announced the same decision. [see Sputnik report below]
[END REPORT]
Yemen Severs Diplomatic Relations With Qatar
10:09 05.06.2017 (updated 11:53)

The government of Yemen has cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, thus following a similar decision by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

"Yemeni government cuts diplomatic ties with Qatar," the Al-Arabiya broadcaster said in its breaking news dispatch. "Yemeni gov't also confirms Arab coalition suspends Qatar's participation."
Sanaa accuses Doha of supporting Shiite Houthi rebels and other radical groups in the country.
"This takes place after Qatar's actions and its links with the groups behind the coup, as well as its support for extremist groups in Yemen, became clear," the government statement published by Yemen's Saba news agency reads.
On June 5, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic relations with Qatar citing security concerns over Doha's alleged support for terrorism.
The Sauid-led coalition has been fighting Houthis in Yemen since spring 2015.
Libya has made a similar step earlier in the day.
[END REPORT]
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