The Maldives' Gov't Explains Why It Severs Diplomatic Relations With Qatar

© Sputnik / Irina RyapolovaMale, the capital of Maldives
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The Maldives' government explained why it decided to sever ties with Qatar.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On June 5, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic relations with Qatar. The states accused Qatar of supporting terrorist groups, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist movement, as well as of interfering in other countries' domestic affairs. Libya made a similar decision. Yemen cut diplomatic relations citing Doha's links with Houthis.

The Maldives's decision was reported by media.

"The Government of Maldives has decided to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar effective from today, 5 June 2017. The Maldives took the decision because of its firm opposition to activities that encourage terrorism and extremism," a statement released by the government said, adding that the country has always pursued "a policy of promoting peace and stability in the Middle East."

The Republic of Maldives also reiterated the commitment to cooperate with countries that "promote peace, stability, and show solidarity in the fight against terrorism," according to the statement.

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