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Diplomatic impasse prevents cardiologists from attending conference in Qatar

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 12 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k178
  1. Anthony Harwood
  1. London, UK

Heart experts across the Gulf are being stopped from attending an international cardiology conference because of the Saudi Arabia led blockade of Qatar.

More than 1000 of the world’s leading cardiovascular experts are gathering in Doha on 11 January for the 14th Gulf Heart Association Conference.

But at least a dozen cardiologists from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain will not be joining them because of a seven month long political row.

Last June, these countries launched a diplomatic and transport blockade of Qatar, accusing the country of “cosying up” to Iran, which they claim is …

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