Saudi cabinet says Qatar ‘violated charters and neighborly ties’

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The Saudi Council of Ministers stressed on Monday that the decision to cut diplomatic and consular ties with Qatar, came from the practice of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign rights guaranteed by international law and the protection of national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism.

The kingdom says it has taken this decisive decision as a result of serious violations by authorities in Doha, covertly and publicly throughout recent years.

The violations aim at inciting Saudi Arabia’s internal ranks, inciting people to be disloyal to the kingdom, undermining its sovereignty and embracing multiple terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at destabilizing the region.

The kingdom reiterated that it will continue to be supportive of the Qatari people, its security and stability regardless of the hostile practices committed by authorities in Doha.

The Council said that the decision of “multiple brotherly countries to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar expressed their keenness to preserve the unity of the Arab nation and the positions against Qatar’s practices, which sought to destabilize the region and violate international agreements, principles of international law and good neighborly ties.”

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