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Qatari nationals have 14 days to leave UAE, Saudi and Bahrain
June 5, 2017, 12:54 pm
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Citizens of UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain banned from visiting or staying in Qatar

The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have given 14 days to Qatari residents and visitors to leave their borders, while Qatari diplomats need to exit within 48 hours.

The three GCC nations, in separate statements issued on Monday, clarified their positions following cutting all relations with Qatar, including breaking off diplomatic relations, on Monday.

The statements said Qatari nationals will be allowed to enter the three countries or cross their points of entry and will have to leave in 14 days for precautionary security reasons.

Similarly, Saudi, UAE and Bahraini nationals are banned from travelling to or staying in Qatar, or transiting through its territories.

The three GCC countries have announced the closure of their airspace and seaports for all Qataris in the next 24 hours, banning all Qatari means of transportation, coming to or leaving these countries, the statements said.

In a statement published on state news agency WAM, the UAE said: “The UAE affirms its complete commitment and support to the Gulf Cooperation Council and to the security and stability of the GCC states.

"Within this framework, and based on the insistence of the state of Qatar to continue to undermine the security and stability of the region and its failure to honour international commitments and agreements, it has been decided to take the above measures that are necessary for safeguarding the interests of the GCC states in general and those of the brotherly Qatari people.

“The UAE is taking these decisive measures as a result of the Qatari authorities’ failure to abide by the Riyadh Agreement on returning GCC diplomats to Doha and its Complementary Arrangement in 2014, and Qatar’s continued support, funding and hosting of terror groups, primarily Islamic Brotherhood, and its sustained endeavours to promote the ideologies of ISIS and Al Qaeda across its direct and indirect media in addition to Qatar’s violation of the statement issued at the US-Islamic Summit in Riyadh on May 21st, 2017 on countering terrorism in the region and considering Iran a state sponsor of terrorism.

“The UAE measures are taken as well based on Qatari authorities’ hosting of terrorist elements and meddling in the affairs of other countries as well as their support of terror groups – policies which are likely to push the region into a stage of unpredictable consequences.

“While regretting the policies taken by the state of Qatar that sow seeds of sedition and discord among the region’s countries, the UAE affirms its full respect and appreciation for the brotherly Qatari people on account of the profound historical, religious and fraternal ties and kin relations binding UAE and Qatari peoples.”

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