Statement of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the severance of diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar
Based on the insistence of the State of Qatar on continuing to destabilize the security and stability of the Kingdom of Bahrain, to intervene in its affairs, to continue the escalation and incitement of the media, to support armed terrorist activities, to finance groups associated with Iran and to subvert and spread chaos in Bahrain in flagrant violation of all agreements and principles of international law without regard to values, law, morals, consideration of the principles of good neighborliness, or commitment to the constants of Gulf relations, shunning all previous pledges.
The Kingdom of Bahrain announces the severance of diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar to preserve its national security as well as the withdrawal of the Bahraini diplomatic mission from Doha, to provide all members of the Qatari diplomatic mission 48 hours to leave the country with the completion of the necessary procedures and the closure of airspace, ports and the territorial waters for shipping to and from Qatar within 24 hours of this statement.
As the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain prohibits citizens from traveling to or residing in Qatar, it regrets that Qatari nationals will not be allowed to enter or pass through its territory. It also grants Qatari residents and visitors 14 days to leave the Kingdom to avoid any hostile attempts and activities that exploit the situation despite the pride and high trust in our brothers the Qatari people and their care for their second country.
These dangerous Qatari practices have not only been limited to the Kingdom of Bahrain but have reached sister countries that have been aware of these practices, which embody a very dangerous pattern that can not be met with silence or accepted, but which must be vigorously and resolutely addressed.
While the Kingdom of Bahrain regrets this decision to maintain its security and stability, it affirms its keenness for the brotherly Qatari people who are aware of our suffering and witness with each terrorist operation, the toll on victims of their brothers and family in Bahrain as a result of their government's continued support of terrorism at all levels and to overthrow the legitimate regime in the Kingdom of Bahrain.