In the biggest face-off in the Gulf region in several decades, the three GCC nations are among 10 countries to cut off or downgrade ties with Qatar, accusing the latter of extending support to extremists.
On Day 3 of the Qatar crisis, Jordan announced on Tuesday that it will downgrade its diplomatic representation with Qatar after examining the "cause of the crisis". Jordan also revoked the license of Doha-based TV channel Al Jazeera, government spokesman Mohammad al Momani said.
The West African country of Mauritania, a member of the Arab League, too severed ties with Qatar on Tuesday over allegations it "supports terrorists", the state news agency reported, while Opec member Gabon also condemned the small Gulf Arab state.
In addition, Moroccan airline Royal Air Maroc has cancelled flights via Doha to the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Egypt after they severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.
MAP said Royal Air Maroc flights via Doha to those countries could not be guaranteed, and the airline's customer service said flights would no longer be available.
With the three GCC countries also imposing airspace restrictions on flights to and from Doha -- and Saudi barring all land transport to and from Qatar -- the tiny country now only has narrow corridor with which to continue trade and travel via sea and air.
In an interview with CNN, Dr. Anwar bin Mohammad Gargash, UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said the UAE and other countries are fed up with Qatar's 'duplicity'.
When asked what Saudi Arabia, the UAE and their allies were hoping to achieve by severing ties with Qatar, Dr Gargash said: "Two things. I think the first is to make it clear that various countries -- Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Egypt and other countries -- are fed up with this sort of duplicity that is undermining the region. And to send a strong message that this is time for cooler heads to restructure Qatar's approach and foreign policy."
The UAE has made it clear that its decision to cut ties with Qatar has neither been hasty not without justification -- rather, the decision follows extended and ongoing attempts to reform Qatar's behaviour.
The UAE is disappointed in that Qatar has failed to live up to its commitment under the Riyadh Agreement and its supplementary accord signed in 2014.
Qatar's government continues in its support for terrorist organisations in Libya, Syria and Yemen.
In addition, Qatar's government continues its interference in the internal affairs of the UAE and other countries.
Finally, Qatar's government also continues to propagate and promote the ideology of extremism and terrorism, from Al Qaeda to the Muslim Brotherhood, across its media channels.
The Qatari government's support to extremism and its obstinacy has resulted in the country's isolation, with no less than 10 countries severing or downgrading ties with it.
The ramifications of the move are diplomatic and logistical in nature.
With Qatar's only land border now shut, food prices are likely to shoot up. Fearing just that, Qatari citizens and residents are said to be stocking up, foreseeing food shortages in the ongoing summer months.
Not being allowed to use Saudi Arabian, Emirati, Bahraini or Egyptian airspace also means that Qatar Airways flights will have to take a circuitous route to almost any destination they fly to, which means longer duration, i.e., more fuel cost and longer turnaround times. This will obviously result in higher ticket prices unless Qatar Airways decides to absorb that and risk running losses.
To build infrastructure in general as well as to prepare to host the Fifa World Cup football tournament in 2022, Qatar's government has borrowed at home and abroad. With its recent isolation, the financial world was quick to react and Qatari bond prices dropped on Monday, pointing to the rising borrowing cost that lies ahead for the tiny country.
To add to it, some Egyptian banks have already halted dealings with Qatari banks, with local banks in Saudi Arabia and the UAE waiting for guidance from their respective central banks.
In a nutshell, Qatar's government needs to demonstrate that it will abide by the agreements it has signed to bridge what UAE's Dr. Anwar Gargash has said is a clear "lack of trust".
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