More sanctions on Qatar eyed
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.