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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE recall envoys to Qatar

Published on Mar 5, 2014 8:24 PM

RIYADH (AFP) - Three Gulf monarchies recalled their ambassadors from Doha on Wednesday in an unprecedented escalation in tension with fellow Gulf Cooperation Council member Qatar, accused of backing the largely banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain said the decision was made in protest against Qatar's alleged interference in their internal affairs.

Doha said it regretted the recall of its envoys, but added that it would not follow suit.

The ambassadors' recall followed what newspapers described as a "stormy" late Tuesday meeting of foreign ministers from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh.

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