Saudi Arabia and allies hail Trump warning to Qatar

Saudi Arabia and allies hail Trump warning to Qatar

Having initially favoured the Qatari plan, the Saudi authorities ultimately chose an Egyptian operator.

The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and other Arab states severed all ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing the country of funding terrorist organisations and backing Iran.

President Donald Trump called on Qatar to stop funding terrorism, claiming credit for and endorsing the decision of Gulf nations to ostracize their neighbor, even as US Cabinet officials said their blockade is hurting the campaign against ISIS. They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. To Qatar, it is intolerable that a country will take the lives of its citizens at will just because they are considered to be in opposition, but to the Saudi coalition, by sheltering some members of the Brotherhood, Qatar is violating the internal rules of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf better known as the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC.

Erdogan on Friday vowed to keep supporting Qatar after his rapid approval of legislation on deploying Turkish troops there, as the Gulf state faces isolation by fellow Arab states.

After cutting ties with Qatar earlier this week, Saudi Arabia in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency said that "fighting terrorism is no longer a choice, rather a commitment requiring decisive and swift action to cut off all funding sources for terrorism regardless of its financier". But it also splits Gulf allegiances, upsets the unified resistance against pressure from United States carriers in the dispute over protectionism, distracts from the row over security measures, and obstructs pan-Arab aviation ambitions.

Qatar, however, is not entirely without support. Turkey has also pledged to provide food and water supplies to Qatar. "Unlike in our neighboring countries we have deep faith in our leaders". He was speaking as his Bahraini counterpart met with Turkey's president in Ankara.

"We don't believe in a military solution", he said.

"Qatar has become such a permissive terrorist financing environment, that several major Qatar-based fundraisers act as local representatives for larger terrorist fundraising networks..."

"This is a foreign policy that has gone wild", state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash told AFP.

Trump too had offered possible mediation earlier in the week.

The four Arab countries named in a statement 59 people, including Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi, and 12 entities, among them Qatari-funded charities Qatar Charity and Eid Charity.

In separate statements Saturday, they lauded Trump for his supportive stance. "Qatar and its big rivals are fighting each other, but indirectly and on other people's territory", said Yemeni analyst Farea al-Muslimi. "With numerous firms using Dubai as their regional distribution hub, the UAE accounted for more than half of this amount", said Iradian.

Tillerson also said the blockade by Qatar's neighbors was "hindering USA military action in the region, and the campaign against ISIS", using an acronym for the Islamic State group.

Trump's condemnation contradicted the message delivered by his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, who had urged Qatar's neighbors to ease their blockade while calling for "calm and thoughtful dialogue". Kuwait's ruler, meanwhile, is making an effort to help mediate. On May 27, the emir of Qatar spoke to the president of Iran over the phone which was viewed very negatively in the rest of the Gulf.

The friction coincided with Qatar Airways' efforts to establish a new airline operation, Al Maha, in Saudi Arabia.

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