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Bahrain FM arrives in Iraq amid Gulf crisis

Foreign Minister of Bahrain Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa in Manama, Bahrain on 30 July 2017 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid Al Khalifa arrived Sunday in the Iraqi capital Baghdad for an unscheduled visit.

He will meet Iraqi President Fuad Masum and Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi during his visit, a source with the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said on condition of anonymity because he was unauthorised to speak to media.

The reason for the visit remains unclear.

The visit comes amid a Gulf crisis after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut diplomatic relations with Qatar.

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The four countries accuse Qatar of meddling in their affairs and supporting terrorism, a claim denied by Doha.

The four have imposed a sea, land and air embargo on Qatar and presented a list of demands for Doha or face further sanctions.

Qatar contends that the blockade is in violation of international law.

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