(L to R): President of the United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan; King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; President of Egypt Abdel Fatah al-Sisi; King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa; Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid
CAIRO – 5 June 2017: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain
cutting their diplomatic ties with Qatar over "its continuous support for terrorism," closing their airspace and seaports for the Qatari transportation on Monday. The four Arab countries withdrew their diplomatic missions from Qatar.
Tensions between Qatar and the other Arab Gulf states strained after Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani directed a message to four Arab countries - Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain that “being hostile to Iran is unwise.”
His remarks were stated following the American-Arab-Islamic summit which was held in Riyadh between Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, U.S. President Donald Trump, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan in mid-May. The four leaders announced their integrated efforts to fight terrorism in the region and the world, agreeing on confronting the growing Iranian threat in the Middle East and inaugurating the Center for Combating Extremist Ideology to monitor and fight extremism.
Here is live converging of the Arab and Gulf escalation against Qatar:
18:48 - The U.S. Military said that United States is grateful to Qatar for longstanding support for U.S. military presence, enduring commitment to regional security, according to Reuters.
17:20 - Saudi Arabia on Monday shut the local office of Al Jazeera, Qatar's influential satellite channel, hours after the kingdom and other Arab powers cut ties over Doha's alleged support for Islamists and Iran, according to Reuters.
16:13 - UAE, Saudi Arabia halt white sugar exports to Qatar -trade sources
16:00 - Mauritius severs diplomatic ties with Qatar, according to Sky News.
15:42 - The U.S. Embassy in Doha issued a statement Monday addressing nationals in Qatar in order to “remind all U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Qatar to check directly with your travel providers for any potential impact on your personal travel arrangements and remain alert to additional developments,” according to the embassy’s official website.
It added: “The embassy is monitoring the situation closely and is working with the Government of Qatar to ensure the safety of U.S. citizens in the country.”
14:23 - UAE port Fujairah restricts vessels flying Qatari flag: trading source told Reuters
14:04 - Egypt orders Charge D'affaires in Qatar to return to Cairo within 48 hours.
13:11 - Qatar asks its citizens in the UAE to the country within 14 days, complying with UAE Decision, stated Qatari embassy in the UAE.
12:45 - Egypt's largest three public banks; National Bank of Egypt, Bank Misr and Banque De Caire halted trading the Qatari Ryial. Also, Egypt's largest private sector bank CIB- Egypt raised the spread of selling and buying the Qatari currency.
12:44 - Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that he was saddened by a rift between Qatar and other Arab states, calling for dialogue to resolve the dispute, Reuters reported.
12:43 - India's Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said his country will not be impacted by some Gulf countries cutting off diplomatic ties with Qatar.
12:40 - Russia's Kremlin said It is in Russia's interest to have a "stable and peaceful" situation in the Gulf, Reuters reported.
11:45- Saudi authorities revokes work license from Al Jazeera network.
11:21 - The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation banned all Qatari flights from landing at its airports, Al Arabiya reported.
11:08 - Maldives announced cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar, Al Arabiya network announced.
10:55 - The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will release a statement on Qatar's membership soon
10:49 - Saudi airlines suspend all flights to Qatar starting from Monday morning
10:19 - Qatar Airways announced on its official website that it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia on Monday.
10:10 - Egypt closes its embassy in Qatar, al-Akhbar newspaper reported.
09:45 - Libya's eastern government announced cutting its diplomatic ties with Qatar.
09:24 - Yemen officially has cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of working with its enemies, state news agency said.
09:19 - The UAE's flydubai said Monday it would suspend flights to and from Doha from Tuesday after the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Qatar, Reuters reported.
09:00 - Qatar said it regretted the decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to cut diplomatic relations.
05:01 - Saudi-led coalition suspends Qatari troops' participation in Yemen.
05:00 The Foreign Ministries of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain announced cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed their airspace and seaports for its transportation.