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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Jordan downgrades diplomatic relations with Qatar, revokes license of Al Jazeera tv-Reuters

6/6/17, "Jordan downgrades diplomatic relations with Qatar," Reuters via Jerusalem Post, Amman

"Jordan will downgrade its diplomatic representation with Qatar, it said on Tuesday, 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.


Added: Arab countries don't necessarily agree 100% of the time. 2009 article:

Jan. 15, 2009, "Gaza split prompts Arab countries to boycott emergency summit," Guardian UK, Ian Black

"Egypt, Saudi Arabia and half a dozen other Arab countries are refusing to attend an emergency Arab summit in Qatar tomorrow, underlining deep divisions over how to respond to the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Fourteen members of the 22-strong Arab League have said that they will attend the hastily arranged meeting in the Qatari capital, Doha, but regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia staked out its own position by convening a rival summit of Gulf countries in Riyadh today. The flurry of inter-Arab diplomacy comes as Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, seeks to broker an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Mubarak insists leaders should meet, if at all, on the margins of a long-scheduled Arab economic summit in Kuwait early next week.... 

Governments accept that Egypt is the only Arab state capable of brokering an Israel-Hamas ceasefire, but Mubarak has also been the target of popular wrath for acquiescing in the blockade of Gaza and failing to open the Rafah border. Cairo insists that to do so would risk compromising its own security and playing into Israel's hands by allowing it to evade responsibility for the future of the Palestinian territory.

Egypt counters that Assad is being irresponsible in backing Hamas."...


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