QATAR:// Kenya considering Position on Doha after Sanctions by Neighbours

07 June 2017
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The Kenya Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has been quoted to be monitoring the events following a diplomatic row between Qatar and its neighbours - before releasing Kenya’s position.

Relations between Kenya and Qatar have been excellent augmented with the recent visit to Kenya by Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in April.

An estimated 10,000 Kenyan professionals work in Qatar. Qatar Airways flies to Nairobi and has been planning to launch direct flights to the coastal city of Mombasa.

Qatar has also signed an anti-double taxation law with Kenya, easing the cost of Kenya exports to the country.

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar following suspicions that Qatar is involved in funding terrorism.

The four countries accuse Qatar of financing terror groups in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has been leading an international military coalition to defend embattled President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. Yemeni’s Houthi rebels are supported by Iran, which the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC) accuse of receiving support from Qatar.

Egypt also accuses Qatar of using the media to incite terror groups and providing protection for the Muslim Brotherhood. Muslim Brotherhood, a banned group in most countries in the region has been linked to some terror activities in the region.

Kenya has suffered terrorist attacks, mainly from the rag-tagged Al Shabab terror group in Somalia and has been firm on its anti-terrorism position.

Local military pundits have advised on the need for Kenya to make a decision on the diplomatic front with Qatar in view of the unfolding events.

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Kris Kissa
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