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CNA says ‘business as usual’ in Qatar

Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar. Saudi Arabia and three Arab countries severed ties woth Qatar on Monday and moved to cut off land, sea and air routes to the energy-rich nation that is home to a major U.S. military base, accusing it of supporting regional terrorist groups. Despite this, provincial authorities say it’s business as usual at the College of the North Atlantic’s campus in Qatar.
Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar. Saudi Arabia and three Arab countries severed ties woth Qatar on Monday and moved to cut off land, sea and air routes to the energy-rich nation that is home to a major U.S. military base, accusing it of supporting regional terrorist groups. Despite this, provincial authorities say it’s business as usual at the College of the North Atlantic’s campus in Qatar.

The College of the North Atlantic says it’s business as usual at its Qatar campus, after multiple countries in the Middle East cut ties with Qatar, citing terrorism concerns.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced that they have cut diplomatic ties, some flights to the country have been suspended, and the land border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia has been closed.

Meanwhile, the College of the North Atlantic runs a for-profit campus in Qatar.

“The Canadian Embassy has not advised Canadians to do anything differently today, and so we are advising our staff and students that it is business as usual,” CNA spokesman Roger Hulan said in an email. “The Canadian Embassy in Doha has not changed the official risk level — it remains the same.”

The reason for cutting ties, according to the Saudi Press Agency, is that Qatar has not done enough to stand against terrorism.

Hulan said this probably won’t affect people at the campus.

“At this point, while this situation is of political and diplomatic concern, there has been no indication that there is any increased security risk to our staff or students,” he said. “In fact, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Qatar stressed that this situation will not affect the normal course of life of the citizens and residents of the State.”

The CNA-Qatar campus teaches around 2,100 students, with a faculty and staff of roughly 600, including 400 Canadians.

 

 

 

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