Saudi Arabia & Other Arab Countries Sever Ties With Terror Sponsor Qatar, Due To Hamas Support

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (right) welcome U.S. President Donald Trump
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir called on Qatar to end its support for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood amid a deepening rift between the Arab Gulf states.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir meet at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, March 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

“We have decided to take steps to make it clear that enough is enough,” Jubeir told reporters in Paris. “No one wants to hurt Qatar, but it must decide whether it is going in one direction or the other, and I hope that the cost of the economic damage that will be caused to Qatar will convince it to go in the right direction and stop supporting organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.”

Judeir’s comments come as tension heightens between Qatar and Arab states, including Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The Arab countries all severed diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar Monday, citing its support for terrorism.

US President Donald Trump joins dancers with swords at a welcome ceremony ahead of a banquet at the Murabba Palace in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump praised the Arab states’ move, tweeting that during his recent Mideast trip, he had “stated that there can no longer be funding of radical ideology.”

“So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off,” Trump tweeted. “They said they would take a hard line on funding.”

 

(JNS.org)