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Trump Weighs In On Gulf Diplomatic Rift

Trump Weighs In On Gulf Diplomatic Rift

Yemen, Libya's eastern-based government and the Maldives too have joined the ban against Qatar which sees a severing of diplomatic ties with Doha apart from blocking off land, air and sea routes to the gas-rich nation. They called on Qatari diplomatic representatives and citizens to leave their countries and announced that they would put sanctions on trade activities with the country.

Qatar received no notice from the other Arab countries before ties were cut, he said, calling it "a surprise and a shock to us, this act of aggression".

"Amid the threat of terrorism, extremism to the region and the world and with the continuation of occupation of the Palestinian territories by Israel, the rising tension among regional states benefits neither the regional nations nor governments and is a threat to the interests of all", Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said in a statement.

Kuwait's ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, traveled from the UAE to Qatar on Wednesday after visiting Saudi Arabia the day before to resolve the crisis.

Trump waded into the row in a series of early morning tweets that signaled support for the effort to isolate Qatar, despite the country being home to the largest American airbase in the Middle East.

Qatar Airways said on its official website it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia.

If accurate, the allegations would indicate Russian efforts to undermine United States foreign policy, building on U.S. intelligence concerns that Russian hackers attempted to influence last year's presidential election, won by Trump.

The United States, France and Russian Federation have called for dialogue while Turkey has defended Qatar and said it would further "develop" ties with Doha.




The United Arab Emirates tightened the squeeze on fellow Gulf state Qatar yesterday, threatening anyone publishing expressions of sympathy towards Doha with up to 15 years in prison and barring entry to Qataris.

"Halting all incitement against Egypt" is another aspect the UAE government expects from Qatar, said Al-Jaber.

For the US military, which is supporting Iraqi troops assaulting Mosul and readying a major push into Raqqa, the Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria, the base has never been more important.

The crisis was reportedly sparked by an interview with the Qatari leader that Qatar said was a false news story.

"There are numerous uncertainties regarding Qatar´s response, the extent to which these measures will be imposed, and their longevity", said the ratings agency. "The comments affirmed the good relations between Qatar and a number of other countries and organizations, including Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas".

Riyadh has itself faced accusations of tolerating or even supporting extremists, in particular after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

Turkey and Qatar have developed close ties over the years and reached an agreement in 2014 for the construction of a Turkish base there.


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