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Qatar condemns attack on oil tanker in Jeddah

Qatar condemns attack on oil tanker in Jeddah

Qatar condemned the attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia because of the possible consequences of that act. The attack could have a great impact on international energy markets, Bloomberg News says.

Qatari authorities believe that the incident in Jeddah is “an act of sabotage that violates all international norms and laws”. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the attack just undermines the safety in the region and deteriorated the energy markets.

The announcement comes as Qatar and Saudi Arabia make progress on mending a diplomatic spat that’s divided the Gulf since 2017.

Since 2017, the Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have frosty relations with Qatar. The four accused Doha of bankrolling militant groups and undermining a regional bid to isolate Iran.

In fact, Qatar has for decades given shelter to Islamist dissidents and at times assisted countries governed by the Muslim Brotherhood, but denies accusations it funds that group directly or supports terrorism.

While Qatar only rarely comments about events in Saudi Arabia, the government did condemn the September 2019 strike on an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq and tanker attacks earlier that year.