Mauritania cuts ties with Qatar, Jordan to downgrade representation

A general view taken on June 5, 2017 shows the corniche in Doha. Mauritania became the latest country on Tuesday to join Arab nations including Saudi Arabia and Egypt to cut ties with Qatars. (AFP)
Updated 07 June 2017
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Mauritania cuts ties with Qatar, Jordan to downgrade representation

NOUAKCHOTT/AMMAN: Mauritania on Tuesday announced that it was cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar in solidarity with its Mideastern allies.
Mauritania became the ninth country to sever ties with Qatar.
Earlier Tuesday, Jordan said 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.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain said on Monday they would sever all ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
The other countries that have taken similar action against Qatar are Yemen’s government, Maldives and Mauritius.


Erdogan: Turkey will not allow Syria safe zone that will turn into ‘swamp’

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Erdogan: Turkey will not allow Syria safe zone that will turn into ‘swamp’

  • Erdogan said Turkey would work with anyone willing to provide it with logistic support for the planned safe zone
  • US President Donald Trump confounded his own national security team with a surprise decision last month to withdraw all 2,000 US troops from Syria

ANKARA: Turkey will never allow the implementation of a safe zone in Syria that will turn into “a swamp” like in northern Iraq, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, referring to an area where Kurdish militants have operations.
Speaking at an event in Ankara, Erdogan said Turkey would work with anyone willing to provide it with logistic support for the planned safe zone, but added that it would take steps in Syria if promises made to Ankara weren’t kept.
US President Donald Trump confounded his own national security team with a surprise decision last month to withdraw all 2,000 US troops from Syria. Since then, Trump and Erdogan have discussed a safe zone which Turkey would set up in Syria along the length of their border.