MALDIVES, June 5 (Xinhua) -- The foreign ministry of Maldives said Monday the country had decided to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates announced the same decision.
A statement by the foreign ministry said the Maldives took the decision because of its firm opposition to activities that encourage terrorism and extremism.
"The Maldives has always pursued a policy of promoting peace and stability in the Middle East. The Maldives reiterates its commitment to work with countries that promote peace, stability, and show solidarity in the fight against terrorism," the statement said.
The Maldives established diplomatic relations with Qatar on May 26, 1984.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt have accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region. Qatar has rejected the accusations calling them "unjustified" and "baseless."