Six Arab nations cut off Qatar; effects of decision will be broadly seen

The New York Times takes a look at the big picture decision made today by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen and states

The five Arab states not only suspended diplomatic relations, as they have in the past, but also cut off land, air and sea travel to and from Qatar and ordered their citizens to leave the country.

Maldives soon added itself to the list. Reuters reports that the states accuse Qatar of “alleged support for Islamists and Iran.”

Reuters adds that the Trump administration is seen as being integral in this decision because of “[t]he hawkish tone Trump brought in his visit to over 50 Muslim leaders in Riyadh on Tehran and on terrorism is seen as laying the groundwork for the diplomatic crisis.”

Further complicating the decision is that the largest U.S. military base in the region is in Qatar,  which might be best known to people in the United States as the home of Al Jazeera. And oil prices rose as uncertainty lingered in the immediate hours after the rebuke of Qatar.

 

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