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

UAE Backs Move Against Qatar

UAE Backs Move Against Qatar

Zarif also phoned his Qatari counterpart to discuss the latest development, and also spoke to the foreign ministers of Arab and Muslim countries, including Algeria, Turkey, Indonesia and Iraq. He says the USA has no plans to change its military posture in Qatar.

"We are friends. We've been friends now for a long time, haven't we?" Egypt's Foreign Ministry accused Qatar of taking an "antagonist approach" toward Egypt and said "all attempts to stop it from supporting terrorist groups failed". U.S. President Donald Trump said on June 6 that he warned against funding "radical ideology" during his trip to the Middle East and that leaders there pointed to Qatar, appearing to take credit for Arab countries' split as his administration was trying to resolve the dispute.

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Saudi Arabia said it was cutting ties due to Qatar's "embrace of various terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at destabilising the region", including the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaida, the Islamic State group and militants supported by Iran in the kingdom's restive Eastern Province. The call was a clear, public rebuttal of Saudi Arabia's efforts to force Qatar to fall in line against the Shiite- ruled nation, which the Sunni kingdom sees as its No. 1 enemy and a threat to regional stability. He says that "all reference was pointing to Qatar". Qatar has denied the allegations.

The president's sharp critique of Qatar, which is home to a major USA military base, inserted Washington directly into the crisis that has pitted the tiny country against Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

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With LNG markets in bearish mood and demand weak, the UAE could cope with Qatar suspending its two to three monthly LNG deliveries by calling on global markets, but Dolphin piped flows are too large to fully replace.

Gulf Arab officials said Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber al-Sabah will meet Saudi Arabia's King Salman hoping to heal the damaging rift which has affected global oil prices, hit travel plans and sown confusion among bankers and businesses in the region.In a sign of the potential consequences for the Qatari economy, a number of banks in the region began stepping back from business dealings with Qatar. As long as there is water and electricity, I am good.

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Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates and Egypt - both highly reliant on Qatari gas via pipeline and LNG - and Bahrain said they would sever all ties including transport links with Qatar, an escalation on past diplomatic spats. All of the countries are friendly with the USA, putting Trump in a potentially awkward position. "Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!", Trump tweeted.

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