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Bahrain stops issuing visas to Qataris

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MANAMA – Bahrain’s Interior Ministry said on Tuesday it had decided to stop issuing new visas to Qatari citizens in an escalation of measures against Qatar in a diplomatic crisis that has been going on for more than a year.

A statement issued by the official Bahrain News Agency said that Qatari students studying in the Kingdom of Bahrain were exempt, as well as those with valid visas.

The statement said the action was a response to the “hostile behavior” of the Qatari authorities, without mentioning any details.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of financing terrorism. Doha denies this and says the boycott is aimed at curbing its support for reform.

In October, Bahrain said it would impose visas on Qataris as a security measure.

It is noteworthy that the citizens of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are supposed to be allowed to travel freely among the GCC countries using an ID card only.

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