Jordan downgrades diplomatic relations with Qatar

Amman joins several Arab nations amid ongoing row

Jordan downgrades diplomatic relations with Qatar

World Bulletin / News Desk

Jordan will downgrade diplomatic ties with Qatar, following the example of several nations in the Arab world, Amman said Wednesday.

The decision aims to ensure regional stability, coordinate the politics of Arab countries and end the crises in the region, government spokesman Mohammad Momani said.

Amman will also be revoking the license of Doha-based TV channel Al Jazeera.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Egypt announced Monday they were cutting off all diplomatic relations with Qatar, citing national security concerns. They were soon joined by South Asian country Maldives and West African nation Mauritania.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain further blocked Qatar from their airspace and requested all Qatari diplomats to leave within 48 hours.

Last month, the website of Qatar’s official news agency was allegedly hacked by unknown individuals who reportedly published statements falsely attributed to its emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani. The incident touched off a diplomatic row between Qatar and its neighbors.

The UN has announced that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stands ready to mediate between the parties to resolve tensions.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Haziran 2017, 09:58