UAE DENIES ACTIONS TO EXPEL QATARI CITIZENS

DUBAI, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) denied issuing any administrative laws or orders to expel Qatari citizens from its territory.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a Thursday statement that it has not taken any action to expel Qatari citizens following its announcement to sever its diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, 2017.

In that announcement, Qatar required all Qatari citizens to obtain prior permission for entry into the UAE, and “permission may be granted for a limited-duration period, at the discretion of the UAE government.”

The ministry confirmed that Qatari citizens already in the UAE need not to apply for permission to continue their stay.

But all Qatari citizens residing in the UAE are encouraged to obtain prior permission for re-entry into UAE territory, it said.

It added that the UAE “regrets that Qatar continues to misrepresent the UAE’s policy on the entry and residence conditions applicable to Qatari citizens.”

The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar last June, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and forging close ties with Iran, considered by many Gulf states as an enemy. Qatar has strongly denied the charges.

Source: Nam News Network