Severing ties with Qatar is Saudi Arabia’s sovereign right and protects its security

Severing ties with Qatar is Saudi Arabia’s sovereign right under international law, Saudi Press Agency said on Saturday. (Shutterstock)
Updated 07 September 2019
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Severing ties with Qatar is Saudi Arabia’s sovereign right and protects its security

  • The Anti-Terror Quartet of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have operated a diplomatic, trade and travel boycott of Qatar since June 2017
  • Saudi Arabia reaffirmed its support for the security and stability of the Qatari people

RIYADH: Severing ties with Qatar is Saudi Arabia’s sovereign right under international law and protects its security from terrorist threats, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Saturday.
Qatar has worked against Saudi Arabia secretly and publicly since 1995, and hosts and promotes terrorist groups such as Daesh, the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda, the report stated.
The report also said that the Kingdom and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have continuously urged Doha to abide by the agreements it made in Riyadh in 2013 and 2014, and that it had failed to do so.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar in March 2014 over its support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other terrorist groups. The ambassadors returned in November 2014 after Qatari authorities singed another agreement.
The Anti-Terror Quartet of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have operated a diplomatic, trade and travel boycott of Qatar since June 2017.
 


Condemnation of attacks on Saudi Aramco oil plants continue

Updated 17 September 2019
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Condemnation of attacks on Saudi Aramco oil plants continue

  • Bahraini King calls Saudi leadership

RIYADH: Condemnations of Saturday’s attack on Saudi Aramco oil installations continued on Monday, as the US pointed out Iran as the likely culprit behind the drone strikes that have dramatically escalated tensions in the region and triggered a record leap in global oil prices.

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman both received calls from the King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain to condemn the attacks at Saudi oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais.

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper called the crown prince, who is also the defense minister, to affirm his country's full support for the Kingdom.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, “We will work with international partners to forge the widest and most effective response,” with a statement from his ministry saying the “UK remains committed to supporting the security of Saudi Arabia.”

India also slammed the attacks and reiterated the country’s “rejection of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Official Spokesperson of the UN Secretary General Stephane Dujarric said in a statement that the Secretary General condemns Saturday's attacks on two Aramco oil plants.

The German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said, “Such an attack on civilian and vital infrastructure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not justified”.

— with SPA