Qatar criticized for paying less than half of its commitments to Jordan amidst financial crisis

Doha's Corniche in West Bay on May 6, 2016 in Doha, Qatar. (Shutterstock)
Updated 14 June 2018
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Qatar criticized for paying less than half of its commitments to Jordan amidst financial crisis

  • Qatar, the richest country in the world per capita. failed to honor its previous commitments of $1.2 billion
  • Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait have provided an economic aid package worth $2.5 billion

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait have provided an economic aid package worth $2.5 billion for Jordan, while Qatar – the richest country in the world per capita - failed to honor its previous commitments of $1.2 billion and instead only paid 500 million..

The package, which was announced at a summit of the four nations in Makkah, will include a deposit in the Jordanian central bank, World Bank guarantees, budgetary support over five years and financing for development projects, said a summit communique carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

Saudi Royal court advisor, Saud Qahtani, tweeted on Thursday saying: “Where is the rest? Doha paid less than half of what it committed! Where’s the other $700 million?”

The summit, called by Saudi King Salman, was attended by Jordan’s King Abdullah II along with UAE's Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum and Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

King Salman called the meeting to garner support for ally Jordan, which had been rocked by mass protests against price rises and a proposed tax hike in recent days.


Bahrain suspends visas for Qatari nationals

Updated 21 August 2018
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Bahrain suspends visas for Qatari nationals

JEDDAH: Bahrain has suspended issuing entry visas to Qatari nationals as part of the dispute between between Arab countries and Doha.

Bahrain, along with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt launched a boycott of Qatar in June last year, accusing the country of links to terrorism.

The quartet cut off diplomatic, transport and economic ties with Qatar some trvel restrictions were placed on nationals travelling between the countries. 

"The Ministry of Interior has announced the suspension of the issuance of entry visas for Qatari nationals,” the Bahrain News Agency reported.

Qatari students who study in Bahrain will be excluded, along with those with valid visas, the ministry said.

The statement said the decision was not taken because of Qatari nationals “who share brotherly ties with Bahrainis, but as result of irresponsible acts of Qatari authorities that do not consider the rights of neighbouring countries or the principles of the international law,” the ministry said.