Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Trump backs UAE and Saudi Arabia over Qatar crisis


In a notice circulated among the Bangladeshis living in Qatar, the embassy said on Tuesday they are "closely" monitoring the situation and are in contact with the Qatari authorities.

"Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!".

The split among the Sunni states erupted last month after Trump attended a summit of Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia where he denounced Shi'ite Iran's "destablising interventions" in Arab lands, where Tehran is locked in a tussle with Riyadh for influence.

The countries - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain - released separate and apparently coordinated statements saying they would cut air, sea and land links with Qatar, which hosts a forward base for the US military's Central Command and is home to the widely watched Al Jazeera network. "The Council would like to reassure Qatar's citizens and residents that the government had already taken the necessary measures and precautions to ensure that normal life continues, and that there will be no negative impact caused by the latest measures", the Qatari government said in a statement.

Qatar had called the nations' decision to isolate it a "violation of its sovereignty", and vowed to its citizens that the decision won't affect them.

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The decision to cut diplomatic relations decision came as the aforementioned countries addressed charges to Qatar of destabilizing their national security and sponsoring terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and "Islamic State" (IS).

The pipeline, which links Qatar's giant North Field with the UAE and Oman, was operating normally and officials in Doha and Abu Dhabi told Reuters there are no plans to halt gas flows.

It's a strategy shared by other Persian Gulf countries seeking to win USA support - including Saudi Arabia.

Qatar has denied the allegations, in the biggest diplomatic crisis to have hit the region in years. But Gulf Arab neighbours and Egypt have always been irked by its maverick stances and support for the Muslim Brotherhood, which they regard as a political enemy.

Of those 11,000 USA troops and air force personnel, almost 1,000 work in a combined air operations center that helps oversee missions for campaigns in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, the military says.

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With a population of 2.5 million, Qatar is largely dependent on imports of foodstuff to meet its needs.

It went on to report that the emir planned to travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to discuss the crisis with Saudi leaders.

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Kuwait's Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, urged Qatar's Emir on Monday to calm tensions with allies and refrain from escalating the diplomatic rift among Gulf Arab states, according to the Kuwait News Agency. The countries also said they would eject Qatar's diplomats.

Even at Etihad and Emirates - which a year ago began deploying an Airbus SE A380 superjumbo for some Doha services - as much as 15 percent of sales could be impacted by the measures, Papiomytis said. It broadcasts in North America, Europe and Asia, as well as the Middle East and North Africa.

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