Saudi Arabia tells Qatar to close Al-Jazeera
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is made up of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman. Saudi Arabia has long opposed the Muslim Brotherhood for fear that the group could challenge the monarchy. Qatar's continued support for the Muslim Brotherhood in the region continues to inflame tensions within the GCC (photo courtesy: photo-dictionary.com).
Tensions continue to flare between Qatar and other Gulf countries, with Saudi Arabia demanding that Qatar shut down Al-Jazeera, a source told AFP on Friday.
The demand came during a Gulf Cooperation Counil meeting on March 5th. After the meeting, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar.
Riyadh also demanded that Qatar close the Brookings Doha Center and the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, the same source told AFP.
The source told AFP that Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Fiasal sought three things of Doha: "to close the (Qatari-owned) Al-Jazeera network, which stirs sedition; close the research centres in Doha, and turn over all outlaws" in its country.
Qatar is currently embroiled in a diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries over the country's support for the Muslim Brotherhood.
Earlier last week, Saudi Arabia declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.