Five Arab countries have just cut diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing the small Arab state of sponsoring terrorism. The five countries severing diplomatic ties are:
- Saudi Arabia
- The United Arab Emirates
All of these countries have said they will be withdrawing all diplomatic staff from Qatar. The group will also be ending air and sea traffic with the country. Saudi Arabia will also close its border with Qatar, which will keep it from accessing the rest of the Arabian Peninsula.
These actions come shortly after President Trump’s rousing speech to the leaders of 50 Muslim countries, in which he urged the countries to condemn terrorism and sever ties with Iran. Iran has been a belligerent actor in the region for years, and sponsors terrorist activity worldwide.
Qatar shares a major offshore oilfield with Iran, and the two countries have a close relationship. Saudi Arabia has urged Qatar to end its support of Iran, to no avail. On May 27th, Qatari ruler Tamin Bin Hamad Al Thani called newly re-elected Iranian President Hasan Rouhani to congratulate him on his election results.
All five countries released strong words against Qatar. Bahrain’s were particularly poignant, blaming Qatar for “media incitement, support for armed terrorist activities and funding linked to Iranian groups to carry out sabotage and spreading chaos in Bahrain.”
I think it’s incredible that these five countries are taking a stand against terror and Iran. President Trump’s amazing speech probably helped set these actions in motion. It is a great sign that Arab nations are ready and willing to address their issues with terror and unrest ON THEIR OWN, without help or interference from the USA.