Bahrain FM arrives in Iraq amid Gulf crisis

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.

Timeline: Arab rift with Qatar

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