“That reasons were fabricated in order to take action against a brotherly GCC nation is clear evidence that there is no legitimate justification for such measures, which have been implemented in coordination with Egypt. Their purpose is clearly the imposition of guardianship over Qatar, which is in itself a violation of its sovereignty, and is rejected outright. The Qatari statement pointed out that the allegations contained in the statements by the three GCC nations announcing the severing of relations clearly confirms the existence of a planned and clandestine media campaign, which has included fabrications and fake news.” Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Six Gulf and Middle Eastern nations announced on Monday that they are severing diplomatic ties with Qatar after accusing the government of supporting terrorist groups. Bahrain and Saudi Arabia cut ties early Monday, June 5, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Egypt and Libya. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and UAE are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council along with Qatar. Al Jazeera reported that the Maldives is also cutting diplomatic ties after 33 years.
The main Saudi coalition fighting in the Yemen conflict has also suspended Qatar’s participation.
Bahrain’s statement noted that the country was breaking ties with Qatar due to “the insistence of the State of Qatar to continue destabilizing the security and stability of the Kingdom of Bahrain and to intervene in its affairs.” Bahrain has also closed its air and sea borders with Qatar.
UAE said it was taking measures in response to “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.”
Qatar citizens in Saudi Arabia have been given 14 days to leave the country and diplomats 48 hours, and Qataris will be barred from entering the UAE.
Saudi Arabia further shut down Al Jazeera’s offices in the kingdom and withdrew its license.
In a statement on Monday, the Qatari foreign ministry said the country was the victim of a coordinated disinformation campaign: