Two more countries: Libya, Yemen break off diplomatic relations with Qatar
Two more countries – Libya and Yemen have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. Qatar protested the “unjustified” decision of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to cut ties with the country.
The Tobruk-based internationally recognized government of Libya has announced that “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.
“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.
Qatar regrets the Saudi, Bahraini, the United Arab Emirates’ and Egyptian decision to cut diplomatic ties with it, the Qatari Foreign Ministry said Monday.
“We regret the decision to sever relations,” the ministry said in a statement broadcast by Al-Jazeera. “These measures are unjustified, they are based on assertions without foundation.”
According to the statement, Qatar was subjected to an information campaign aimed at undermining the interests of the Middle Eastern state.
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.