Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Kuwait trying to mediate diplomatic rift, says Qatar

Among the many who escaped economic woes in Egypt and built better lives in the Gulf, Egyptians in Qatar were alarmed by the latest Arab diplomatic rift, in which Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have accused Doha of backing terrorism.

The severing of all ties between the state of Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen is going to have profound and far-reaching consequences regionally and internationally.

Qatar, home to about 10,000 USA troops and the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, criticized the move as a "violation of its sovereignty".

The Qatari Foreign Ministry, in turn, rejected the accusations of Doha's interference in other countries' domestic affairs and expressed regret over the decision of the Gulf States to cut off the diplomatic ties with it.

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The two men have history. "We are not going to let Donald Trump divide our communities", Khan said to the BBC . Khan said he had been too busy dealing with the fallout from the attack to respond directly to the tweet.

The Arab world's strongest powers cut ties with Qatar on Monday over alleged support for Islamists and Iran, re-opening a festering wound two weeks after US President Donald Trump's demand for Muslim states to fight terrorism.

A State Department official said all USA partnerships with Gulf nations were vital and called on all parties to quickly resolve their differences. Qatar Airways says it's halting flights to Saudi Arabia. The announcements came after the Saudi Arabian Aviation Authority, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) issued a ban, preventing all Qatari airlines and their respective aircraft from landing within Saudi Arabia while also preventing Saudi registered aircraft from operating to Qatar. The emails, sent by an anonymous source to multiple news agencies, also allege that U.A.E. has been pushing for anti-Qatar criticism in the USA and had called for a smear campaign against the tiny Gulf nation. Doha-based satellite news network Al-Jazeera reported trucks carrying food had begun to line up on the Saudi side of the border, apparently stranded.

Oil prices fell for a third day on Tuesday (June 6), hit by concerns that a political rift between Qatar and several Arab states would undermine an Opec-led push to tighten the market.

The new emir, having survived a counter-coup attempt in 1996, didn't build pipelines that would have integrated Qatar into the markets of its Gulf neighbours. But the result is that Saudi Arabia has this view of how Qatar should behave.

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This is likely to see around 80 daily flights cancelled, including Qatar Airways' own Doha-Dubai shuttle which runs 14 times a day. "They seem to want Qatar to cave in completely, but it won't call the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, because it isn't".

A Turkish official said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is "actively involved" in efforts to resolve the diplomatic crisis. The tiny island nation of Bahrain blamed Qatar's "media incitement, support for armed terrorist activities and funding linked to Iranian groups to carry out sabotage and spreading chaos in Bahrain" for its decision. "I don't know that they needed any more of a green light than they got in public".

Associated Press writers Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Robert Burns in Sydney, Maggie Michael in Cairo and Reem Saad in Amman, Jordan, contributed.

Qatar says Kuwait trying to mediate diplomatic rift
FlightRadar24, a popular airplane tracking website, said Qatar Airway flights already had started to be affected. News of the closures sparked panic-buying in Qatar, which relies heavily on imports for food and other products.

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