Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Qatar's foreign minister says country 'not ready to surrender'

Qatar's foreign minister says country 'not ready to surrender'

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement Friday that he expects the nations now involved in a blockade against Qatar to deescalate the situation.

"The President offered to help the parties resolve their differences, including through a meeting at the White House if necessary", the White House said in a statement following the call.

The move, announced early Friday, is the latest development in the ongoing rift between Qatar and Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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Kuwait's emir is working to mediate the Gulf crisis around Qatar, which is home to a major US military base and the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Sisi has been angered by Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt says is a terrorist organization.

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Sheikh Mohammed said Qatar was willing to discuss with its neighbours "anything related to the collective security of Gulf countries".

JEDDAH: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Qatar must do more, "more quickly" to combat extremism.

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Qatar has backed Islamist movements but strongly denies supporting terrorism.

Qatar's satellite news giant Al-Jazeera has also emerged as a point of contention in the Gulf.

Anxious residents have responded to the crisis by emptying grocery stores in the Qatari capital, Doha, as Saudi Arabia has blocked trucks carrying food from entering the country across its only land border.

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"While current operations from Al Udeid Air Base have not been interrupted or curtailed, the evolving situation is hindering our ability to plan for longer-term military operations", Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement today.

After severance of diplomatic ties earlier this week, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has chose to ban any form of sympathy with the tiny Gulf State of Qatar, threatening sympathizers with jail terms of up to 15 years and an AED 500 thousand fine.

The recent joint statement issued by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE regarding a "terror finance watchlist" once again reinforces baseless allegations that hold no foundation in fact.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday threatened to jail up to 15 years and also fine people who express sympathy towards Qatar.

The U.S.is in a delicate position with Qatar, particularly given the significant American troop presence at several military bases.

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