Yemen’s internationally recognized government (this is the one aligned with ousted President Hadi, fighting the Houthi) has cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. The Yemeni government has accused Qatar of working with Iran. Iran is said to be working with the Houthi rebels.
“Qatar’s practices of dealing with the (Houthi) coup militias and supporting extremist groups became clear,” the government said in a statement.
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (C) is greeted by military dignitaries as he arrives at Al Udeid Air Base on April 21, 2017 in Doha, Qatar.
According to The Jerusalem Post, four other countries also cut ties with Qatar (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain) before Yemen followed along with the Maldives.
The Gulf states even cut off transportation connections. Qatari visitors and residents have two weeks to leave those countries.
Qatar calls measures “unjustified,” claims allegations are baseless. Iranian official warns cutting ties will lead to instability.
The diplomatic broadside threatens the international prestige of Qatar, which hosts a large U.S. military base and is set to host the 2022 World Cup. It has for years presented itself as a mediator and power broker for the region’s many disputes.
A picture taken on June 5, 2017 shows a man walking past the Qatar Airways branch in the Saudi capital Riyadh, after it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia following a severing of relations between major gulf states and gas-rich Qatar. Arab nations including Saudi Arabia and Egypt cut ties with Qatar accusing it of supporting extremism, in the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the region in years.