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Qatar rift: African states of Comoros and Mauritania the latest states to sever ties

(front R-L) Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Jordan's King Abdullah II, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz pose for a group photograph during the 28th Ordinary Summit of the Arab League at the Dead Sea, Jordan March 29, 2017.

(front R-L) Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Jordan's King Abdullah II, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz pose for a group photograph during the 28th Ordinary Summit of the Arab League at the Dead Sea, Jordan March 29, 2017.

Reuters/Mohammad Hamed
07 June 2017

The Union of Comoros, the group of islands off the eastern coast of Africa, has become the latest country to weigh in on the rift with Qatar and cut ties with the Gulf Arab state.

The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement that the "the decision to sever ties is effective from Wednesday," the state news agency WAM reported.

On Tuesday, the west African country of Mauritania, a member of the Arab League, also announced it had cut all ties with Qatar over allegations the Doha government "supports terrorists".

Similarly, Jordan announced on Tuesday it will downgrade its diplomatic representation with Qatar, after examining the "cause of the crisis" between Doha and several other Arab states.

Jordan also revoked the license of Doha-based TV channel Al Jazeera, government spokesman Mohammad al Momani said, Reuters reported.

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The three countries join a growing list of countries who have downgraded or severed ties with Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain said on Monday they would cut all ties with Qatar. The announcement

Yemen's internationally recognised government and Libya’s eastern-based government soon followed suit, while the tiny Indian Ocean island state of the Maldives also announced it was cutting links to Qatar.

"The Maldives took the decision because of its firm opposition to activities that encourage terrorism and extremism," the government of the Maldives said in a statement.

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