Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed ties with Qatar on Monday.
An official in the Saudi government said that based on its sovereign rights which are protected by international law and in order to protect its national security from the threats of terrorism and extremism, the Saudi kingdom has decided to sever diplomatic and consular ties with Qatar.
“In implementation of the decision to sever diplomatic and consular relations, Saudi citizens are not allowed to travel to Qatar or stay in it or pass through it. Saudi residents and visitors in Qatar must leave within 14 days,” Saudi Arabia said in a statement published by the Saudi official news agency.
“Saudi Arabia unfortunately prevents Qataris from entering or visiting Saudi Arabia for security reasons and gives Qatari residents and visitors 14 days to leave. The Saudi government confirms its commitment to provide all facilitations and services to Qatari pilgrims and performers of umrah,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the UAE said in a statement that Qataris are not allowed to enter or pass through the UAE and also granted Qatari citizens and residents 14 days to leave.
“For security reasons, the UAE prevents Emirati citizens from traveling to Qatar or residing in it or passing through it,” the UAE’s statement added.
Bahrain also prohibited its citizens from traveling to Qatar or residing in it and prohibited Qataris from entering Bahrain or passing through it.
“We grant Qatari residents and visitors 14 days to leave Bahrain. Although we trust our brothers from among the Qatari people, (we) had to take these measures as precautions against any hostile attempts or activities that may exploit the situation,” Bahrain said in a statement published in the Bahraini official news agency.
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