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Kuwait's Emir Meets With Qatari Leader Amid Diplomatic Rift

Kuwait's Emir Meets With Qatari Leader Amid Diplomatic Rift

Qatar has yet to receive any list of demands from the Arab countries that have cut ties, Sheikh Mohammed said.

French President Emmanuel Macron has also reached out to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Iran in a bid to kick off negotiations.

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen have accused Qatar of harboring extremists.

He said since no sanctions have been imposed on Qatar by the United Nations, Pakistan and Qatar were bound to abide by the agreement.

Would-be mediators including U.S. President Donald Trump and Kuwait's ruling emir have struggled to ease a crisis that Qataris say has led to a blockade of their nation.

The moves against Qatar by the other Arab countries escalated in a dispute over Qatar's alleged support for Islamist groups in the region.

Qatar strongly denied the earlier allegations and expressed a willingness to engage in talks to resolve the crisis.

But some businesses are already suffering.

Gargash, the UAE minister, told Reuters in an interview it would be very complex to disentangle the "very diverse" business ties between Qatar and its neighbours but suggested this might be necessary.

In some of the strongest comments related to those efforts by a senior Gulf Arab official, Sheikh Khalid told the newspaper he doubted whether Qatar would change its behaviour.

The fund's massive resources may be needed if foreign investors start to pull a lot of their money out, the ratings agency warned.

But a diplomat in Kuwait briefed by foreign ministry officials said the emir's diplomacy had been about damage control and had yet to produce tangible results, with personality clashes playing a big role in the impasse.




In Qatar's favor, S&P highlighted the Gulf state's booming energy industry and its gross domestic product per inhabitant, which is among the highest in the world.

"The investigation team confirmed that the hack was carried out using innovative technological methods by exploiting an electronic gap on the website of the Qatar News Agency", the report said.

- Etihad Airways says Qatari nationals will not be allowed to board flights to Dubai or Abu Dhabi because the UAE has banned them from passing through its airports.

It said that Trump, in a later call with Abu Dhabi's crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, called for unity among Gulf Arabs "but never at the expense of eliminating funding for radical extremism or defeating terrorism".

"We have not asked for mediation, we believe this issue can be dealt with among the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council", he told a news conference with his German counterpart during a visit to Berlin that was broadcast on Saudi state television.

On Monday, the Gulf region plunged into a diplomatic crisis as Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut off ties with Qatar.

- The Pentagon on Tuesday renewed praise of Qatar for hosting a vital U.S. air base and for its "enduring commitment to regional security", sticking to a message of reassurance even as Trump, via Twitter, applauded Arab nations' decision to cut ties. Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed Momani said the decision was made to "end the crises in our region".

Qatar's satellite news giant Al-Jazeera has also emerged as a point of contention in the Gulf.

Qatar has said it intends to take legal action against those responsible.

"No one has the right to intervene in our foreign policy", Sheikh Mohammed said.

Regional tensions have been aggravated by the worst dispute for years among Gulf Arabs and were ratcheted up further on Wednesday after militants attacked targets in Tehran, killing at least 12 people. Riyadh denied any involvement.


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