More sanc­tions on Qatar eyed

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - WORLD -

DUBAI— Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt, the United Arab Emi­rates and Bahrain are ex­pected to dis­cuss im­pos­ing new eco­nomic sanc­tions on Qatar when they meet in the Bahraini cap­i­tal Manama on Sun­day, the pan-Arab al-Hayat news­pa­per re­ported. The four Arab states cut ties with Qatar on June 5, ac­cus­ing it of back­ing ter­ror­ist groups and cozy­ing up to their arch­foe Iran, al­le­ga­tions Doha de­nies. For­eign min­is­ters of the four coun­tries “are ex­pected to im­pose sanc­tions that will grad­u­ally af­fect the Qatari econ­omy,” al-Hayat news­pa­per said, cit­ing uniden­ti­fied Gulf sources, with­out giv­ing any fur­ther de­tails. Diplo­matic ef­forts led by Kuwait and in­volv­ing the United States and Turkey have failed to end the row, which has af­fected travel and com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween Qatar and the four coun­tries and led to harsh ver­bal ex­changes in the me­dia.

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