Report: Jordan expels Qatari ambassador

Jordan becomes latest Sunni Arab state to reduce diplomatic ties with Qatar over conflict with Iran and ties to terrorism.

Gary Willig,

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Flag of Jordan

Jordan has asked the Qatari ambassador to the Hashemite kingdom to leave the country, the Jordanian news site Ammon reported.

Sources told Amman that Jordan asked Ambassador Bandar Al-Atia to leave the country Tuesday, and gave him a few days to do so.

The Jordanian move comes after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates all cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and shut down land, sea and air links.

Those countries accuse Qatar of supporting terror groups in the region, a charge denied by Qatar.

The spat between Qatar and the other Arab countries began late last month, when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt all blocked the website of the Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera television network.

That move followed comments attributed to Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in which he allegedly described Iran as an "Islamic power" and criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's policy towards Tehran.

Qatar claimed that its Emir had not made the comments attributed to him, saying the website of its official news agency was hacked.

Qatar also supports the Hamas terrorist organization

Jordan announced Tuesday that it was "reducing" diplomatic relations with Qatar.