External Affairs

No Challenge to India From Gulf Nations Severing Ties With Qatar, Says Swaraj

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Minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj addresses the UN General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, September 26, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid/Files

New Delhi: India will not be impacted by some Gulf countries cutting off diplomatic ties with Qatar, foreign affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday.

“There is no challenge arising out of this for us. This is an internal matter of GCC (Gulf Coordination Council). Our only concern is about Indians there. We are trying to find out if any Indians are stuck there,” she told reporters.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen and Egypt accused Qatar of supporting terrorism, opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world.


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