Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, & Bahrain Cut Diplomatic Ties, Shut All Borders With Qatar

Just days after president Trump left the region, a geopolitical earthquake is taking place in the Middle East tonight as the rift between Qatar and other members of the (likely extinct) Gulf Cooperation Council explodes with Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt cutting all diplomatic ties with Qatar accusing it of "speading chaos," by funding terrorism and supporting Iran.

The dispute between Qatar and the Gulf's Arab countries started over a purported hack of Qatar's state-run news agency. It has spiraled since, and appears to be climaxing now... just days after President Trump left the region.

As Al Arabiya reports, Bahrain has announced it is cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar, according to a statement carried on Bahrain News Agency.

The statement on Monday morning said Bahrain decided to sever ties with its neighbor “on 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”.

 

The statement also said Qatar’s incitement of the media and supporting of terrorist activities and financing groups linked to Iran were reasons behind the decision.

 

“(Qatar has) spread chaos in Bahrain in flagrant violation of all agreements and covenants and principles of international law Without regard to values, law or morals or consideration of the principles of good neighborliness or commitment to the constants of Gulf relations and the denial of all previous commitments,” the statement read.

 

Qatari citizens have 14 days to leave Bahraini territories while Qatari diplomats were given 48 hours to leave the country after being expelled. Meanwhile, Bahrain has also banned all of its citizens from visiting or residing in Qatar after the severance of ties.

Additionally, Bahrain has has closed both air and sea borders with Qatar.

Saudi Arabia then confirmed the same - cutting ties and shutting down all sea, airspace, and land crossings with Qatar as well as dissolving Qatar's role in the Saudi-led coalition fighting against Yemen. Emirates, Etihad, Saudia, Gulf Air, and Egypt Air are no longer allowed to fly to Qatar and Saudi Arabia is providinhg facilities, services to Qatari pilgrims

Egypt then followed, confirming it was cutting diplomatic ties with

Then UAE confirmed it would cut ties, shut down all sky, water, and land crossings, and expel all Qataris within 48 hours.

The Maldives also just cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

All of this happens within 24 hours of Iran calling out 'The West' for ignoring the real sponsors of terrorism around the world and UK's Labor party leader outright name-shaming Sauid Arabia's funding of terrorism.

Qatari officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

As a reminder, documents obtained by Middle East Eye show strategic alliance includes pledge by Ankara to protect Gulf state from external threats...

In December 2015, Turkey announced, to the surprise of many, that it planned to establish a military base in Qatar. Behind the scenes, the agreement was about forming a major strategic alliance.

 

After a 100-year hiatus, Turkey is militarily back in the Gulf and ramping up its presence overseas. In January, Ankara announced that it would also establish a military base in Somalia.

 

Specific details about the Qatar agreement, which Turkey described as an alliance in the face of "common enemies", remain scant, but Middle East Eye has acquired copies of the agreements, as well as further details, which include a secret pledge by Ankara to protect Qatar from external threats.

Did Qatar just get scapegoated in the 'war on terror'? One thing seems clear, support for a Syrian gas pipeline will be dwindling and with it the need for a Syrian war.

Notably, this raises further doubts about OPEC's stability. As Bloomberg notes, while Middle East ructions have historically added risk premia to oil prices, discord here could theoretically put downward pressure on prices as OPEC members struggle to maintain unity and compliance on production cuts.

Comments

CuttingEdge sincerely_yours Mon, 06/05/2017 - 01:41 Permalink

The statement also said Qatar’s incitement of the media and supporting of terrorist activities and financing groups linked to Iran were reasons behind the decision.

 Err.The above statement does not compute in any logical way. The vast majority of Qatar's muslims are Salafist Sunni - about as far removed from being allied to Iran as is possible. The bullshit dial has definately been turned to eleven.

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brianshell CuttingEdge Mon, 06/05/2017 - 02:10 Permalink

First I checked to make sure it wasn't April 1st. Lets see, get out the Yenon plan and review the notes. Yup. It fits right in with inciting dissent. So Bennie is OK with it. The only thing I can see is the Turkey expansion angle. But why now? Does it have anything to do with Trump's visit? It is a most surprising event. This means the pipeline is on hold and the need to take out Assad is out. Russia will be happy. Maybe Trump and Putin will now work together on ISIS. It could be a good thing, except for Qatar of course.

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Yog Soggoth Art Van_Delay Mon, 06/05/2017 - 08:49 Permalink

Thinking along those lines myself. One thing that has been known for awhile now is that Quatar was giving Hillary large sums of money in exchange for favors, and that the southern pipeline was their best bet at the time. Israel was to benefit by hooking the Leviathan reserve to it. Saudi the same. Quatar was a major sponser of terrorism and has a reputation for slavery. I just hope that Iraq does not get affected negatively by this crap. I think they have been through quite enough already.

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Shemp 4 Victory chiswickcat Mon, 06/05/2017 - 06:26 Permalink

Interesting timing on this as regards Saudi Arabia. A report was just released by the Institute for Gulf Affairs which claims that hundreds of Saudi students attending US universities have joined ISIS and other terrorist groups. The report names some of these students as well as several high ranking Saudi officials who knew what was going on. It also claims that the US intelligence community turned a blind eye to this and other parts of the US government were deliberately kept in the dark.http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/06/hundreds-of-saudi-students-in-us.htmlD… link to report:https://www.gulfinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/From-US-Campus…

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aurum4040 CuttingEdge Mon, 06/05/2017 - 03:31 Permalink

But...most of the comment is correct. Qatar has been funding terrorism for years and has a huge hand in ISIS who was created to pave the way for the Qatari pipeline through Syria. The Iran portion of the comment is a complete farbrication - replacing Iran w the US would have been far more accurate. But here we sit. Qatar is Lee Harvey Oswald and Iran is Jack Ruby. The ISIS patsies are going down.

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Shemp 4 Victory CuttingEdge Mon, 06/05/2017 - 08:19 Permalink

 

The statement also said Qatar’s incitement of the media and supporting of terrorist activities and financing groups linked to Iran were reasons behind the decision.

Err.The above statement does not compute in any logical way. The vast majority of Qatar's muslims are Salafist Sunni - about as far removed from being allied to Iran as is possible. The bullshit dial has definately been turned to eleven.

You are correct, of course, about the bullshit being turned up to eleven regarding Iran.The only possible way that the statement about "financing groups linked to Iran" makes any sense is if it refers to the MEK (Mujahedin-e Khalq) and its various front groups.The MEK, for those unfamiliar with them, is an insane Marxist cult of terrorist crackpots which seeks to overthrow the current government of Iran and replace it with its own people.Iranians from all walks of life regard this group as traitors due to their siding with Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War.The MEK has been making bogus claims about Iran's nuclear program (with information provided by Israel) for years.Assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists were carried out by MEK members who had been trained by the Mossad.Because they oppose the Iranian government, the US considers them "good terrorists". Even though they were included in the US list of foreign terrorist organizations, the US Joint Special Operations Command provided MEK operatives with terrorism training at a secret site in Nevada between 2005 and 2009.After an extensive long-term lobbying campaign during which it paid high-profile American politicians (mostly neocons from both the Democrats and Republicans) $50,000 per appearance to make pro-MEK speeches, the group was removed from the official US list of foreign terrorist organizations by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012.MEK members have participated in the current invasion of Syria and the group has run terrorist training camps just outside of the Syrian borders in both Turkey and Jordan.

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crazzziecanuck CuttingEdge Mon, 06/05/2017 - 07:22 Permalink

Yes, but theoretically, Qatar could be helping sponsor groups inside the Shiite KSA in the same way the CIA supports ISIS.  You have the publicly stated position and idea that they would never be involved, but, in reality, they support these groups so they can degrade the abilities of others.  Qatar could be trying to mess with KSA in order to gain advantage, or to ocuppy it's much larger neighbour so it doesn't have time to mess with you.  Cui bono?  At the end of the day, the West, especially the oil, banking and arms industries.  All we need to do is look away as our local proxy forces do nasty stuff.  Qatar knows full well that if you ever had any sort of government that went against those interests, you'd be regime-changed.  Doesn't matter if you had a secular government or a brutal autocratic terrorism-exporting kingdom.

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LiteBeeer luky luke Mon, 06/05/2017 - 03:58 Permalink

If you put it as "IsraHell", then you should be fair enough and name the other side as "IshmaHell".Remember Isreal is not there because of the Jews who are mostly apostate, but of God's own promise.Ezekiel 36:19-24 I dispersed them among the nations, and they were scattered through the countries; I judged them according to their conduct and their actions. 20 And wherever they went among the nations they profaned my holy name, for it was said of them, ‘These are the Lord’s people, and yet they had to leave his land.’ 21 I had concern for my holy name, which the people of Israel profaned among the nations where they had gone. 22 “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. 23 I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes. 24 “ ‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.

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AllBentOutOfShape Pinto Currency Mon, 06/05/2017 - 05:48 Permalink

Of course they were/are.Does no one think this wasn't discussed behind closed doors (Qatar included) prior to this announcement?It probably went something like this: "Hey, Russia and Syria have already implicated all of us, and we just got word Assange may reveal even more damaging evidence against us all, so we're gonna need one us to take the fall to divert attention away from the main source... we Saudis... so who is it gonna be?  Any takers??  Qatar???... okay, don't worry, we'll do some damage control so no one calls for punishment or intervention in your country!"

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Prisoners_dilemna 38BWD22 Mon, 06/05/2017 - 00:50 Permalink

I found him entertaining.Anyway, some dolt said; "BTC was up 50 bucks before the news, so stop suggesting like BTC is a hedge against geopolitical events."/facepalmBitcoin is up 50,000% exactly because of "geopolitical events"."The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks" $50 BTC moves are as notable as a silent fart during a hurricane. 

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Prisoners_dilemna The central planners Mon, 06/05/2017 - 01:55 Permalink

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