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Jordan tells Qatari ambassador to leave country within days

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A Jordanian government source said early Wednesday that the Qatari ambassador in Amman has been asked to leave the country within days, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

Late Tuesday, Jordan has also decided to reduce its diplomatic status with Qatar.

Jordan’s step came after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the UAE, Yemen and Maldives severed relation with Qatar on Monday. They cut their ties after they accused Qatar of supporting extremism and backing Iran-backed groups, which are destabilizing the region.

Jordan’s Information Minister, also the government’s official spokesman, Mohammed Al-Momani, said Amman has decided to reduce its diplomatic status after studying reasons behind the tension between Egypt, Saudi, UAE and Bahrain with Qatar.

He also said Jordan has decided to cancel license for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news channel’s office in Jordan.

Momani said he hoped that tensions will be dissolved to build a better future for this region

Late Tuesday, Morocco’s national carrier, Royal Air Maroc, has also joined Bahrain, UAE and Saudi airlines in canceling flights that go through Qatar.