> An announcement on Saudi Arabian television. The Arab State, one of four, severing their ties with Qatar on Monday. Saudi, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain accusing their neighbor of supporting terrorism and meddling in their internal affairs. Yemen and Libya's eastern-based government quickly following suit.
The announcement closing transport ties with Qatar. The three gulf states giving Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave. Saudi Arabia also seeming to reference Qatar's influential state owned set of TV channel Al Jazeera, claiming the country broadcasts militant groups ideology. The coordinated move dramatically escalated a dispute over Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the worlds oldest Islamist movement.
And adds accusations that Doha even backs the agenda of regional archrival Iran. The move already having an economic impact. A number of airlines including Etihad, Qatar, and Air Arabia all planning to halt flights. The closure of land and air borders could also wreak havoc on the timeline and delivery of the 2022 FIFA World Cup being held in the country.
Qatar denies all the accusations, blaming a campaign of lies and fabrications, aimed at putting the Gulf Arab state under guardianship. US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, encouraging the parties to sit down together to resolve their differences, but->> I do not expect that this will have any significant impact, if any impact at all on the unified fight against terrorism in the region, or globally.
>> The move comes ten days after the President Donald Trump visited the Saudi capital, Riyadh, where he called on Muslim countries to stand united against Islamist extremists. Oil prices have risen on the back of the rift.