Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain pull ambassadors from Qatar

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have issued a joint statement withdrawing their ambassadors from Qatar. “The three states have decided to start taking measures they see fit to protect their security and stability, affirming that they are safeguarding the interests of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, including neighbouring Qatar,” the statement read. Qatar has failed to “stick to the principles of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states and refraining from supporting all who threaten the security of the council states,” the statement added. In response, Qatar said it “regrets” the move, but will not reciprocate, AFP reported Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani committed to a security agreement during a meeting with¬†Kuwait’s emir and the Saudi monarch in Riyadh on 23 November 2013. Calls for Qatar to abide by the agreement were reiterated on 17 February in Kuwait and again during a […]

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