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Newsline: Turkish Police Identify 5 Suspects Connected to Russian Ambassador Killing

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has identified five suspects in connection with the murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov and is pursuing the possibility that one of the five might have ordered the assassin police officer to kill the envoy. Details continue to emerge regarding the assassination of Karlov, who was killed late on Dec. 19, 2016, as the prosecutor’s office has been conducting an extensive investigation to determine who was behind the murder. Prosecutors have determined five suspects who might have been in contact with the assassin.

http://plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=14098&SEO=turkish-police-identify-5-suspects-connected-to-ambassador-killing

Newsline: Niger recalls ambassador to Qatar

Niger, on Saturday, said it had recalled its ambassador to Qatar, in solidarity with the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, which cut ties with Doha on Monday. In a statement, Niger’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the decision was made, in solidarity with the four states that have banned their citizens from traveling to Doha. They have since closed off their airspace, territorial waters and land borders to Qatari vehicles, aircraft and ships. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE announced their decision to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar on 5th June. Later, Yemen, the interim Libyan government, the Maldives, Mauritius, Comoros and Mauritania also severed diplomatic relations with Qatar. This was followed by Jordan downgrading its diplomatic relations with Qatar, and Senegal recalling its ambassador in Doha for consultations.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/region/qatar-crisis/niger-recalls-ambassador-to-qatar

Newsline: Moscow will not move Embassy to Jerusalem before final settlement

Moscow will not move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem before reaching a final settlement between the Palestinians and the Israelis, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The statement was made in response to a call by an Israeli minister for Russia to become the first country in the world to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

http://petra.gov.jo/Public_News/Nws_NewsDetails.aspx?Site_Id=1&lang=2&NewsID=305427&CatID=13&Type=Home&GType=1

Newsline: UAE Ambassador to US Urges Qatar Re-Examine Regional Policies

Qatar must re-examine its policies in the region now that US President Donald Trump has challenged the country over its support for extremists, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United States Yousef al-Otaiba said. “The UAE welcomes President Trump’s leadership in challenging Qatar’s troubling support for extremism. The next step is for Qatar to acknowledge these concerns and commit to reexamine its regional policies. This will provide the necessary basis for any discussions,” Otaiba said in a statement on Friday.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201706101054502967-uase-trump-qatar-reexamining-policies/

Newsline: Embassy Urges Indonesians to be Vigilant in Qatar

Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar Muhamad Basri Sidehabi has urged Indonesian diaspora in Qatar to keep calm, vigilant and continue to follow the latest development of security situation in the country. There is no need to overreact considering security condition in Qatar is still under control, an official of Indonesian Embassy in Doha Boy Dharmawan said. Sidehabi explained his decree over the severence of diplomatic relations of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yaman with Qatar, during a meeting with Indonesians in Al Khor Community, Alkhor city, around 60 km from the capital city, Doha. The visit to Al Khor was an effort from Indonesian Embassy to show Indonesians in Qatar that political and security situations in the country are running normally. “The ambassador will be the last person to leave Qatar. The political situation has been the same since 2014 so people don’t have to worry,” Sidehabi said.

https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/06/07/055882185/Embassy-Urges-Indonesians-to-be-Vigilant-in-Qatar

Newsline: Greek embassy takes on diplomatic representation of Egypt in Qatar

The Greek embassy in Doha will take on the diplomatic representation of Egypt in Qatar following Cairo’s decision to sever diplomatic ties with the Gulf state in the early hours of Monday, the Egyptian foreign ministry has announced. In a statement, the ministry said that Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri spoke to his Greek counterpart Nikos Kutzias, asking Greece to act as the representative of Egypt in Qatar and to attend to the interests of Egyptian nationals residing in Qatar, as the Egyptian embassy will be closed.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/270336/Egypt/Politics-/Greek-embassy-takes-on-diplomatic-representation-o.aspx

Newsline: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt break diplomatic ties with Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt on Monday broke diplomatic relations and all land sea and air contacts with fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar, accusing it of supporting “terrorism and extremism”. Saudi Arabia’s state news agency said the kingdom had decided to sever diplomatic and consular relations with Qatar “proceeding from the exercise of its sovereign right guaranteed by international law and the protection of national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism”. It urged “all brotherly countries and companies to do the same.”

http://www.trtworld.com/mea/saudi-arabia-uae-bahrain-and-egypt-break-ties-with-qatar-372298