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Newsline: Qatari ambassador resumes mission in Iran after 20-month hiatus

Qatar’s ambassador to Iran has officially resumed his diplomatic mission in the Islamic republic on Saturday, Tasnim news agency reported. Qatar’s ambassador to Iran Ali Bin Hamad al-Sulaiti returned to the Iranian capital Tehran on Friday after a 20-month hiatus. The Qatari Foreign Ministry said that it had decided to return its ambassador to Iran and expressed its aspiration to strengthen bilateral ties with Iran in all fields. Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi welcomed Doha’s decision, saying that “the decision is a logical and positive move by Qatar.” Qatar has withdrawn its ambassador from Iran in January 2016, after Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran, accusing the latter of failing to protect its embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad against demonstrators who had ransacked them.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/26/c_136557609.htm

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Newsline: Qatar orders closure of Chadian embassy

Qatar ordered the embassy of Chad be closed and gave its diplomats 72 hours to leave, the Qatari foreign ministry said, accusing the African country of joining a “campaign of blackmail” with its decision to shutter the Qatari embassy. Qatar is involved in a row with four Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, over allegations that Doha supports terrorism. Qatar denies the charges. Chad said on Wednesday it was giving Qatari diplomats 10 days to leave the country, accusing Qatar of trying to destabilize the central African nation through its northern neighbor Libya. The director of the Qatari foreign ministry’s media department said the timing of the Chadian decision shows that it “comes within the campaign of political blackmail against the State of Qatar with the intention of joining the siege countries for very well known reasons”. Qatar refers to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt as the “siege countries” for imposing sanctions on it. Senegal said this week it had returned its ambassador to Qatar after having recalled him three months ago, in a bid to encourage a peaceful resolution to the feud.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-gulf-qatar-chad-idUSKCN1B42FK?il=0

Newsline: Chad closing Qatar’s embassy, kicking out diplomats

Chad’s government says it is closing Qatar’s embassy there and accuses the Gulf nation of trying to destabilize the Central African country via neighboring Libya. The foreign ministry says in a statement that Qatar’s diplomats have 10 days to leave Chad. The statement also says Chad’s embassy in Qatar is closing and its diplomats are leaving. Chad is calling on Qatar to “cease all actions that could undermine its security as well as those of the countries of the Lake Chad basin and Sahel.” The statement gives no further details. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt months ago cut diplomatic and transport links with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorist groups and fomenting unrest in the region. Qatar has rejected the allegation that it backs extremist groups.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/chad-closing-qatars-embassy-there-kicking-out-diplomats/2017/08/23/734f1fba-8815-11e7-96a7-d178cf3524eb_story.html?utm_term=.9478bc367d3f

Newsline: UAE ambassador threatens further sanctions against Qatar

The Gulf states demanding that Qatar ends its independent-minded foreign policy and alleged support for extremism have said they are considering further economic pressure on the tiny country, such as reducing commercial links with states that continue to trade with Doha. The warning, the latest escalation in the three-week dispute, was made by Omar Ghobash, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to Moscow and one of the most articulate figures in the row that has racked the region. Speaking to the Guardian, he said the coalition would be willing to make themselves subject to the same western monitoring regime as Qatar to ensure key figures were not privately funding extremist groups. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain have imposed an economic and diplomatic embargo on Qatar, claiming its ruling family has been harbouring terrorists and funding extremism for years. They have tabled 13 demands, and said Qatar must comply by next week or face further as yet unspecified consequences. The demands include cutting ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, closing the broadcaster al-Jazeera and reducing ties with Iran.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/28/uae-ambassador-threatens-further-sanctions-against-qatar

Newsline: Qatar expels Yemen embassy mission in Doha

The Qatari authorities have asked members of the Yemeni embassy mission in Doha to leave the country within 48 hours. A Yemeni diplomatic source told Sputnik Arabic that the Qatari authorities informed the Yemeni diplomats to leave in a maximum of two days from the date of the meeting. Yemeni Foreign Ministry based in Riyadh has commented on this development.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/qatar-expels-yemen-embassy-mission-doha/

Newsline: Qatari Embassy in Colombo sees no need for evacuation of Sri Lankans

The Qatari Embassy in Colombo said on Tuesday that there were no plans of an emergency evacuation of 150,000 Sri Lankans in the Gulf state. The embassy advised Sri Lankans not to be misled by reports on emergency evacuation plans for the 150,000 Sri Lankans in Qatar, which the embassy dubbed as their “second home.” “Officials from Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry and the embassy in Doha confirmed that there is no need for such measures as the diplomatic rift left no adverse impacts on the normal life of citizens and the expatriates as well,” the Qatari Embassy said. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen cut diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar earlier this month after accusing the small Gulf state of supporting terrorism and aligning with Iran.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/20/c_136381052.htm

Newsline: US ambassador to Qatar to step down amid diplomatic crisis

US ambassador to Qatar Dana Shell Smith announced Tuesday that she will step down later this month, as planned, after serving in the post for three years. Her decision comes in the midst of a major diplomatic crisis in the region, a week after major Gulf nations severed ties with Doha. “This month, I end my 3 years as U.S. Ambassador to #Qatar. It has been the greatest honor of my life and I’ll miss this great country,” she tweeted. US ambassadorships typically last three years and a source close to Smith told CNN that she is leaving Qatar as planned now that her post is over. Smith will also conclude her 25-year career in the foreign service once her post ends, the source said. In May, Smith made headlines after taking the rare step of expressing frustration with the Trump administration for complicating American diplomats’ work overseas.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/13/politics/us-ambassador-to-qatar-stepping-down/index.html