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.
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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