Saudi Ports Authority Urges Operators to Deny Entry for Qatari Ships


The Saudi Ports Authority issued a directive to the companies running the ports in the country to deny entry for Qatar’s ships.

Saudi Arabia’s Ports Authority has demanded from ports’ operator companies to implement the directive to deny entry for ships flying the flag of Qatar to Saudi ports, the Ports Authority said Monday, Sputnik reported.

“All shipping agents must comply with the order to deny entry for ships under the flag of Qatar or vessels belonging to Qatari citizens and companies,” the Ports Authority added in a statement.

Earlier in the day, Saudi Arabia, alongside Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar. The initiative was later joined by Libya and the Maldives. All the countries involved in this diplomatic row, apart from the Maldives, are Arab League member states.