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The latest developments since three Gulf Arab states cut ties with Qatar on Monday morning:

10:40pm – Kuwait calls for restraint

  • Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has called Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and “urged him for restraint and not to take any measure that could escalate” the situation in the Gulf, according to the state-run KUNA news agency.

8:30pm – Turkey is seeking to resolve Gulf spat

8pm – US military has “no plans” for change

  • The US military’s Central Command says it has “no plans to change our posture in Qatar” amid a Gulf diplomatic crisis. Major Adrian J T Rankine-Galloway said in a statement that US military aircraft continue to fly missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria from Qatar’s Al-Udeid air base.

7:30pm – Egypt airspace to close on Tuesday morning

6:30pm – Israel praises anti-Qatar moves

  • Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s defence minister, has praised the measures against Qatar, saying “there is no doubt that this opens very many possibilities of cooperation in the struggle against terror”.

6:25pm –  Saudi shuts Al Jazeera office 

5:40pm – No Qatari vessels allowed in Saudi ports

5:10pm – Egypt suspends air and sea links

4:40pm – Turkey expresses ‘sorrow’

  • Turkey is ready to help however it can to bring the disputes to a manageable level, said Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaking at a joint press conference in Ankara.

  • Cavusoglu also said: “Turkey sees the unity and solitary among Gulf states as our own unity”.

4pm – Iran’s food ‘can reach in 12 hours’

  • Food shipments sent from Iran can reach Qatar in 12 hours, said Reza Nourani, chairman of the union of exporters of agricultural products.

3:30pm – UAE port to turn away Qatar-bound vessels

3:30pm – Iran calls for dialogue

3:15pm – Maldives cuts ties with Qatar

3:10pm – Egypt recalls ambassador

2:50pm – Libya’s Haftar cuts ties with Qatar

  • The faction led by Khalifa Haftar, one of three rival governments in Libya, announced it is cutting ties with Qatar.

  • Haftar’s foreign minister accuses Qatar of “harbouring terrorism”. 

2pm – Saudi closes border with Qatar

1:30pm – Saudi border line up

1:20pm – Updates from FIFA

  • Football’s world governing body says it remains in “regular contact with Qatar”.

  • FIFA issued a short statement saying it has spoken with “the Qatar 2022 Local Organizing Committee and the Supreme Committee for Delivery Legacy handling matters relating to the 2022 FIFA World Cup”.

  • It said: “We have no further comments for the time being”.

1:15pm – Air Arabia flights suspended from Tuesday

  • Air Arabia, a low-cost airline based in the United Arab Emirates, said it is suspending flights to Qatar along with other Emirati airlines over a growing diplomatic crisis.

  • Air Arabia says its flights will be suspended from Tuesday “until further notice”.

EXPLAINED: How diplomatic rift affects air travel

12:10pm – Saudia flights suspended from Monday

  • Saudi Arabian Airlines says it is suspending flights to the Qatari capital, Doha.

  • The airline, also known as Saudia, posted on Twitter that it would be halting flights from Monday morning, without elaborating.

11:05am – FlyDubai flights cancelled from Tuesday

  • Dubai’s budget carrier FlyDubai says it has canceled its flights to Qatar amid a diplomatic dispute between it and other Arab countries.

  • The carrier said on Monday that, starting Tuesday, all flights would be suspended. It offered no other details.

  • FlyDubai’s decision follows that of Emirates and Etihad in canceling flights to Doha.

10:45am – Yemen cuts ties with Qatar

10:20am – Emirates flights cancelled from Tuesday

  • The Dubai-based airline Emirates says it is suspending flights to Qatar amid a growing diplomatic rift.

  • Emirates said on its website on Monday flights would be suspended until further notice starting Tuesday.

10am – US urges GCC unity

  • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in Sydney: “It is important that the GCC remain a unified [front]”.

  • Tillerson does not expect the rift “to have any significant impact, if any impact at all, on the unified fight against terrorism”.

  • Qatar hosts the largest US military base in the Middle East.

9:55am – Qatar’s official reaction

  • Qatar says there is “no legitimate justification” for four Arab nations to cut diplomatic ties.

  • Qatar also says the decision is a “violation of its sovereignty”, vowing to its citizens it will not affect them.

READ: Qatar’s reaction in full

8:35am – Etihad suspends flights from Tuesday

  • Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad said it is suspending flights to Qatar from June 6 “until further notice”.

  • Etihad said its last flights would leave early Tuesday morning.

  • Etihad gave no reason for the decision. It is the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates.

6:10am – UAE, Egypt cut ties with Qatar

6am – Saudi cuts ties with Qatar

  • Saudi Arabia says it is cutting diplomatic ties to Qatar and it has pulled all Qatari troops from the ongoing war in Yemen.

  • Saudi Arabia made the announcement via its state-run Saudi Press Agency early on Monday. It appeared to be timed in concert with an earlier announcement by Bahrain similarly cutting ties.

  • The dispute between Qatar and the Gulf’s Arab countries escalated recently over a hack of Qatar’s state-run news agency. It has spiraled since.

5:50am – Bahrain cuts ties with Qatar

  • Bahrain says it is cutting diplomatic ties to Qatar amid a deepening rift between Gulf Arab nations.

  • Bahrain’s Foreign Affairs Ministry issued a statement early on Monday saying it would withdraw its diplomatic mission from the Qatari capital of Doha within 48 hours and that all Qatari diplomats should leave Bahrain within the same period.

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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