Arab states eye more sanc­tions against Qatar: al-Hayat re­port

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Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt, the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) 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 alHayat news­pa­per re­ported.

The four Arab states cut ties with Qatar on June 5, ac­cus­ing it of back­ing ter­ror­ist groups and cozy­ing up to their arch-foe 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.

Bahrain’s state news agency BNA said on Sat­ur­day that King Ha­mad bin Isa al-Khal­ifa had hailed co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the four coun­tries in fight­ing ter­ror­ism.

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.

Saudi Ara­bia has closed its land bor­der with Qatar while all four coun­tries have cut air and sea links with Doha, de­mand­ing the gas ex­port­ing coun­try take sev­eral mea­sures to show it was chang­ing its poli­cies.

Turkey and Iran have stepped in to pro­vide fresh pro­duce, poul­try and dairy prod­ucts to Qatar in­stead of Saudi Ara­bia and the UAE, with Oman pro­vid­ing al­ter­na­tive ports to those in the UAE.

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