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.


French military to continue fight against Daesh in Levant: Macron

Updated 17 January 2019
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French military to continue fight against Daesh in Levant: Macron

PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday the death of four Americans in Syria this week showed that the battle against Daesh militants would continue and he vowed that France would keep its troops in the region this year.
"The announced withdrawal of our American ally should not deflect us from our strategic objective to eradicate Daesh", Macron said in a speech in Toulouse to the armed forces.
Citing the death of 16 people, including four Americans, in a suicide bombing in Manbij, Syria, near the border with Turkey, Macron said the next few months would be decisive.
"We will remain militarily engaged in the Levant in the international coalition (...) over the coming year," he said.