Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

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Federation Internationale de Football Association in 'regular contact' with Qatar

The airlines' decision comes amid a diplomatic rift between Qatar and the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain.

The three Gulf states announced the closure of transport ties with Qatar and gave Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave their countries.

It also points the alleged 'support, funding and hosting of terror groups, primarily Islamic Brotherhood, and its sustained endeavours to promote the ideologies of Daesh and Al Qaeda across its direct and indirect media.

UAE has also issued a notification to Qatar citizens to leave the country within 14 days, while diplomats have been asked to exit within 48 hours.

The first effects of the decision emerged in the Qatari Stock Exchange that fell more than 7 percent.

In its statement announcing its severing of ties with Qatar, the UAE cited Qatar's "ongoing policies that rattle the security and sovereignty of the region as well as its manipulation and evasion of its commitments and treaties".

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"All customers who are booked on Etihad Airways flights to and from Doha are being provided with alternative options, including full refunds on unused tickets and free rebooking to the nearest alternate Etihad Airways destinations", the airline said.

Speaking in Sydney, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he did not expect the announcement to have "any significant impact, if any impact at all, on the unified fight against terrorism".

A passenger walks in a terminal upon his arrival at Doha's Hamad International Airport, Qatar.

The dispute between Qatar and the Gulf's Arab countries started over a purported hack of Qatar's state-run news agency.

Qatar is the biggest supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and a major seller of condensate - a low-density liquid fuel derived from natural gas.

Iran says that move by Arab States to cut ties with Qatar is not a way to resolve the crisis in the Middle East, Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's President for Political Affairs Hamid Aboutalebi said.

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Qatari officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"In terms of oil flows it doesn't change very much but there is a wider geopolitical impact one needs to consider", Jakob added, explaining that a breakdown in relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia could make the OPEC-led agreement on production cuts less effective.

May 23, 2017: The next day, Gates offered a scathing assault on Qatar, criticised its support for "Islamists", at an event hosted by the hawkish Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

Doha denied all the comments and said it had been the victim of a "shameful cybercrime".

The call was a clear, public rebuttal of Saudi Arabia's efforts to force Qatar to fall in line against the Shiite-ruled nation, which the Sunni kingdom sees as its No. 1 enemy and a threat to regional stability.

This is also partly because crude production in the United States, which is not participating in the cuts, has jumped by over 10 percent since mid-2016 to 9.34 million bpd, close to levels by top producers Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation.

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In the wake of the hacking dispute, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, and Egypt blocked Qatari news sites, including Al Jazeera . Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain gave Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave their countries, Reuters reported.

Maldives, a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean, claimed Qatar supports "activities that encourage terrorism and extremism".

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