Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Gulf widens as Saudi, allies place Qataris on 'terror list'

Gulf widens as Saudi, allies place Qataris on 'terror list'

"I want to call on all other nations to stop immediately supporting terrorism", Trump said. Tillerson sat a few feet away from Trump in the Rose Garden as the president put the blame squarely on Qatar.

Qatar denies that it supports militants and says it is helping to reduce the threat of terrorism by backing groups that fight poverty and seek political reform.

In the most serious split between the Gulf Arab states in decades, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday, blaming it with supporting and financing "extremist" groups and destabilising the region. The number of Turkish ships and jets will that will be sent to Qatar will be determined after an inspection at the base designated to Turkey in the country, according to officials.

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Gargash, the UAE minister, told Reuters in an interview it would be very complex to disentangle the "very diverse" business ties between Qatar and its neighbours but suggested this might be necessary.

The Financial Times also reports that Qatar is said to have paid a massive ransom after members of the royal family were kidnapped, also contributing to the crisis. "They have to end that funding".

Foreigners residing in Qatar and in possession of a Qatari residence visa would also not be eligible for visa on arrival in the UAE, Etihad spokesman said in an email. It shows that Qatar "announces fighting terrorism on one hand and finances and supports and hosts different terrorist organizations on the other hand", they said.

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All the countries involved in the dispute are U.S. allies, and Qatar hosts one of the biggest American military bases overseas. The Arab countries aren't just recalling diplomats; they're also closing airspace to Qatar and restricting access by sea. "We have not asked for mediation, we believe this issue can be dealt with among the states of the Gulf Co-operation Council", he told a news conference with his German counterpart during a visit to Berlin that was broadcast on Saudi state television. "The blockade is hindering US military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS". The U.S. military has previously insisted that that it would not affect U.S. military operations in the region.

"The State of Qatar has never seen such hostility, not even from a hostile state", a Foreign Ministry statement said Thursday. Tillerson said the USA was asking Qatar to "be responsive to the concerns of its neighbors".

Shortly before Trump spoke, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that the dispute was hurting the US-led war against the Islamic State terror group (banned in Russia) and urged nations to work with Kuwait as a mediator to resolve tensions. Earlier in the week, Trump took to Twitter to take credit for the Saudi-led move to punish Qatar, saying it could be the start of the end of terrorism in the Middle East.

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