Five Nations Just Cut Qatar Off From the Middle East

The Background 

The Middle East is in turmoil this week as a handful of Arab nations cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over claims that the oil-rich nation is supporting terrorism. In a coordinated move, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates broke off relations with the Gulf state with most cutting off travel to and from the country. Qatar’s Foreign Affairs Ministry blasted the countries’ decision and denied providing support to extremist groups. CBC

What Else You Need to Know

With that many Arab nations cutting diplomatic ties there are far-reaching repercussions for the tiny nation. Not only does Qatar get most of its food from Saudi Arabia (who closed its land border with the country yesterday) but regional airlines have sequestered Qatar, announcing that they’d be suspending their service to the capital starting Tuesday. The decision also caused the Qatari stock market to fall more than 7%, forced immediate interruptions for Qatar Airways and will potentially cause delays for the FIFA 2022 World Cup.

What’s Next?

The United States, which has a major military base in Qatar, has called for a speedy resolution to the crisis. So far, the nations who have severed ties have not indicated what Qatar would need to do to repair the relationships.

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