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Saudi shuts Al Jazeera channel in Qatar row - state media

Saudi shuts Al Jazeera channel in Qatar row - state media

The cabinet has viewed statements issued by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Bahrain on severing diplomatic and consular ties, as well as closing their borders and shutting airspace access.

State-run Qatar Airways also said that it has suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia with immediate effect. As India takes over 90 per cent of its natural gas import from Qatar.

Gulf states have for years accused Qatar of supporting extremist groups, in particular the Muslim Brotherhood, the world's oldest Islamist organization.

"What is happening is the preliminary result of the sword dance", Aboutalebi said, in a reference to US President Donald Trump's recent visit to Saudi Arabia. Three of the countries that abandoned Qatar have asked Qatari nationals to leave their land in two weeks. As Alan Peaford, editor-in-chief of Aerospace Magazine, told Al Jazeera that the two main routes in and out of Qatar are over either Saudi Arabian or Bahraini airspace, which will also affect cargo from coming in or out of the country.

The said countries- Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen are also reported to have cut all air and water transportation services to Qatar. A spokesperson added it was unclear if the suspension would be extended.

Saudi Arabia also said Qatari troops would be pulled from the ongoing war in Yemen.

CNA has a campus in Qatar and college officials say the Canadian Embassy has not advised Canadians to do anything differently at this time. Egypt's Foreign Ministry accused Qatar of taking an "antagonist approach" toward Cairo and said "all attempts to stop it from supporting terrorist groups failed".

"I do not expect that this will have any significant impact, if any impact at all, on the unified fight against terrorism in the region or globally", he told reporters while on a visit to Australia.

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He also encouraged Qatar and its neighbors to "sit down together and address these differences".

The cutoff in relations was sparked by a purported hack into Qatar's state news agency and leaks of alleged comments by the Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in support of the Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi Arabia's arch-rival, Iran.

It has long faced the controversy of having links with the terrorists especially because the Afghan Taliban launched one of its office in Doha in 2013.

The government in Doha dismissed the comments as fake, attributing the report to a "shameful cybercrime".

Bahrain blamed Qatar's "media incitement, support for armed terrorist activities and funding linked to Iranian groups to carry out sabotage and spreading chaos in Bahrain" for its decision. In addition, Qatar is in the process of building a domestic airline in India.

The measures are more severe than during a previous eight-month rift in 2014, when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE withdrew their ambassadors from Doha, again alleging Qatari support for militant groups.

Trump nevertheless met with Qatar's emir during the Saudi conference last month.

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