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More curbs on Qatar possible in Gulf crisis -UAE official

More curbs on Qatar possible in Gulf crisis -UAE official

Despite Trump's comments, the White House later called on the countries involved to reduce tensions and resolve the crisis "immediately", while the State Department said that the relationship with Qatar was "solid" and that Washington "continues to cooperate" with that country.

French government spokesman Christophe Castaner says Wednesday in a news conference following the weekly Cabinet meeting that "Qatar must ensure transparency".

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain announced on Monday they were severing diplomatic relations and closing air, sea and land links with Qatar.

He name-checked "support of extremist groups", "hostile media" and "interference in affairs of other countries" as things Qatar would have to change if it wished to restore ties.

Castaner said France doesn't intent to take sides. He said "it's important for France to remain in partnership with all these countries", especially with diplomatic, financial and economic interests at stake.

Trump publicly accused key regional ally Qatar of funding extremism, while tacitly backing a blockade of the emirate, home to the Al-Udeid Air Base near Doha where around 10,000 United States military personnel are stationed.

"The President underscored that a united Gulf Cooperation Council is critical to defeating terrorism and promoting regional stability", the document said.

"But we can not accept that we have a partner sitting with us around the same round table that is undermining our stability and undermining security in the region".




"We believe that common sense and logic will convince Qatar to take the right steps". Qatar denies the allegations. Qantas Airways, a codeshare partner of Emirates, said it would not carry Qatari nationals on its flights to Dubai due to the government restrictions.

"The measures are unjustified and are based on false and baseless claims", Qatar said in response to Monday's announcement. "More work needs to be done", she said.

Al-Masri's strongly worded criticism of regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia was unusual for Hamas.

Speaking to the AP from a Foreign Ministry office in Dubai, Gargash listed a number of terror groups he alleged Qatar had funded, including al-Qaida's branches in Syria and Somalia, militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and other group's with "al-Qaida-type organizations" in Libya.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told reporters in Paris that Qatar must end its support for the Palestinian group Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood before ties with other Gulf Arab states could be restored.

If Qatar is economically weakened or decides to retaliate against Trump's 140-character allegations, it has leverage.

Turkey, also a key U.S. ally, criticized the decision by nine countries to sever diplomatic ties, according to the semiofficial Anadolu Agency. "If it does, we will offer them [route] alternatives".

On top of a possible jail term, offenders could also be hit with a fine of at least 500,000 UAE dirhams, the newspaper said, citing a statement to Arabic-language media.


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