Qatar, in regional crisis, hires former US attorney general

Qatar, in regional crisis, hires former US attorney general

But authorities in the UAE and Bahrain have made praise for Qatar's government a criminal offense carrying possible jail time, and some Gulf citizens have anxious that the strong rhetoric on Qatar's foreign policy would divide their peoples.

Three ships loaded with 350 tonnes of food were also set to leave an Iranian port for Qatar, the Tasnim news agency reported.

He added that the risk of this issue becoming a global problem was very high due to the geostrategic nature of the region.

Qatar's neighbors accuse it of destabilizing the region by supporting proxies of Shiite Muslim Iran and the Sunni militants of al-Qaeda and Islamic State, charges the sheikdom has denied. Doha is a major worldwide travel hub, but flagship carrier Qatar Airways now flies increasingly over Iran and Turkey after being blocked elsewhere in the Middle East.

Almost a week after Saudi Arabia and several of its allies severed ties with Qatar in an unprecedented Gulf diplomatic crisis, there were no signs of the bitter dispute being resolved. He said 90 tons of vegetables already have been sent.

"I am telling you: There won't be any winners in the brother's fight".

In a surprise move, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties and trade links with Qatar, the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, on June 5.

Separately, the government of Qatar, singled out in recent days by President Donald Trump for supporting terrorist activities, has hired the law firm of former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to represent it.

Gas has helped transform the tiny emirate into one of the richest countries in the world, fuelling its rise into a major regional player and helping fund huge infrastructure projects such as the 2022 football World Cup, which will be hosted by Qatar.

The Turkey Parliament passed a legislation on Wednesday permitting the deployment of troops to a Turkish military base in Qatar.

Meanwhile, this situation is a repeat of 2014, when several Gulf countries recalled their Ambassadors from Doha over its support for Muslim Brotherhood.

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