Saudi Arabia threatens to close its border with Qatar
Disagreements over the Muslim Brotherhood have caused a rift in Saudi-Qatari relations. (AFP/File)
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A Saudi official threatened to close Saudi Arabia’s border with Qatar at a private meeting between the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council states in Riyadh.
Disturbed over Qatar’s affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain recently withdrew their diplomats from Doha. Saudi Arabia is reportedly seeking to punish Qatar further.
Saudi foreign minister Saud bin Faisal suggested Qatar should be blocked by land and sea. The land border between the two states is used frequently and can easily be closed by the kingdom.
According to the Huffington Post, Qatar is not taking the threat seriously.
The Gulf States normally enjoy close, stable relations.