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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

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: 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