Bahrain will tighten its entry for Qatari nationals, by imposing visas, in light of current security situations, the Interior Ministry said.

Interior Minister, Lt-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, held a meeting, in which, he ordered to impose entry visa on citizens and residents of Qatar.

“The procedures aim to protect the security and stability of Bahrain, especially with the latest implications of the crisis with Qatar, including Qatar’s decision to strengthen its ties with Iran, which has negative effects on national and regional security,” the ministry said, in a statement.

“Qatar also shelters security fugitives and has facilitated the entry of individuals of different nationalities, who represent threats to the national security of Bahrain by granting them exception from the issuing of entry visa.”

The rules will come into effect from Nov 19, and Qataris and residents living in Doha, who are in Bahrain, should correct their legal status, added the ministry.

Bahrain’s King Hamad announced, on Monday, that, the kingdom will not participate in the upcoming Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Kuwait, in which Qatar will participate.

King Hamad said, the “meetings and summits of the good, cannot be held in the presence of those seeking no good for this bloc, and trying to impede its blessed march.”

Bahrain closed its land, air and sea borders with Qatar, and has also revoked Qatar Airways’ licence to operate here.

Source: NAM News Network