Gulf Air suspends flights to and from Qatar

Ross Kinnaird

Authorities in the UAE have indicated that land, sea and air ports will be closed to traffic coming in and out of Qatar within 24 hours.

"This by itself is a violation of its (Qatar's) sovereignty as a state", it added.

Speaking in Sydney, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he did not expect the announcement to have "any significant impact, if any impact at all, on the unified fight against terrorism". The countries also said they would eject Qatar's diplomats from their territories.

It was not immediately clear if Qatar Airways would also suspend flights to other countries.

The diplomatic broadside threatens the global prestige of Qatar, which hosts a large USA military base and is set to host the 2022 World Cup.

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A spokeswoman said it was unclear if the suspension would be extended.

Saudi Arabia on Monday banned Qatari airlines from its airspace, while Abu Dhabi's state-owned Etihad Airways and Dubai's Emirates Airline said they would suspend all flights to and from Doha from Tuesday morning until further notice.

Arab News website displays Saudi Arabia's reason to boycott Qatar. "We certainly would encourage the parties to sit down together and address these differences".

In another story, BNA reported that "the Command of the Arab Coalition in Support of the Legitimacy in Yemen has ended Qatar's participation in the coalition", adding, "The coalition announced that it has made a decision to end the participation of the State of Qatar in the coalition due to its practices that enhance terrorism and support terrorist organizations in Yemen including Al-Qaeda and Daesh and dealing with coup militias in Yemen which is contrary to the coalition's objectives of which the most important objective is fighting terrorism".

The stories quoted him questioning USA hostility towards Iran, speaking of "tensions" between Doha and Washington and speculating that Trump might not remain in power for long.

Stocks in Qatar Plunge After Arab States Cut Ties
Saudi Arabia says it is cutting diplomatic ties to Qatar and it has pulled all Qatari troops from the ongoing war in Yemen. The Sunni-ruled Arab nations are unhappy with Qatar's ties to Shiite-ruled Iran .

Doha has long faced accusations it is a state sponsor of "terrorism".

Trump and other US officials participated in a traditional sword dance during the trip in which he called on Muslim countries to stand united against Islamist extremists and singled out Iran as a key source of funding and support for militant groups.

Stocks in Qatar were on course for their biggest one-day percentage drop since late 2014 on Monday, as a spat between the country and neighboring nations escalated.

The Afghan Taliban opened an office in Doha in 2013.

These comments were attributed to the emir in a report published by the Qatar News Agency (QNA). "It also opened the Qatari market for Iranian investments".

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Afghan intelligence officials have blamed the Haqqani network, a Taliban affiliate with alleged links to Pakistan. Protesters held pictures of destruction from the truck bomb blast and of government leaders.

Last week, the Qatari emir traveled to Kuwait to meet Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah in what was widely seen as an attempt at mediation by the Kuwaitis.

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