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Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have blocked Qatari media outlets, including Al Jazeera, after Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, was quoted in state media attacking U.S. foreign policy, praising Iran and vowing to withdraw its diplomatic representation from several Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia. reports citing Newsweek.

In the comments, which appeared on the Qatari state-run news agency, Qatar News Agency, Al-Thani said relations with Israel were “good,” and that Iran—the main rival to Saudi Arabia in the region — was a “stability guarantor” in the Middle East.

This despite the small, gas-rich country being a backer of Palestinian militant group Hamas —which has fought three wars since 2006 with Israel—and Sunni rebels in Syria that are fighting the Iranian backed Bashar al-Assad.

2017.05.27 / 23:19
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