Maldives Joins 4 Other Nations in Cutting Ties with Qatar
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Maldives announced Monday that it is severing diplomatic relations with Qatar over its alleged support for Islamist groups.
It joined Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in cutting ties with Qatar, isolating the tiny energy-rich country by cutting off its land, sea and air routes to the outside world.
The foreign ministry said in a statement that Maldives has pursued a policy of promoting peace and stability in the Middle East, and the decision was made because of its firm opposition to activities that encourage terrorism and extremism.
Diplomatic relations between Maldives and Qatar began in 1984.