Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Kuwait's ruler calls for Gulf unity to heal Qatar rift

Kuwait's ruler calls for Gulf unity to heal Qatar rift

DUBAI, June 18 Kuwait's ruler called on Sunday for Gulf Arab states to overcome a diplomatic dispute with Qatar that has led to the worst regional split in years, saying all parties had a duty to preserve regional unity.

Apart from the fake Malta story, it had also published two identical articles claiming that Saudi Arabia has ended ties with Kuwait and Yemen due to their support for Qatar.

On June 5, five Arab countries - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Bahrain and Yemen - abruptly cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

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The minister said Qatar's rivals were "betting on time", but said a solution could not be brokered until it abandoned its support for "extremist Islamists".

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion has categorically denied a media report stating that Saudi Arabia has severed all ties with Malta over alleged remarks made by the Minister on Gulf countries' decision to cut ties with Qatar.

Qatar, the world's richest country per capita, has used its wealth over the past decade to exert outsized influence in the Middle East, backing factions in civil wars and revolts across the region. EARLY DAYS He said a list of grievances Arab nations had with Qatar would be completed in the next few days.

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"It probably won't have a major financial impact, nor a military one since the U.S. and Turkey have stepped up their support for factions that previously were close to Qatar or to Saudi Arabia", Sayigh said. Saudi Arabia itself is known as the main sponsor of the violent Wahhabi terrorists it has accused Qatar of supporting.

President Donald Trump has strongly supported the sanctions against Qatar, even though his State Department and Defense Department have tried to remain neutral.

Last week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asked that the nations in the anti-Qatari effort "ease the blockade against Qatar" and requested that Doha be "responsive" to its neighbours' concerns over terror financing.

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The Qatari defence ministry has announced the arrival of the first group of Turkish soldiers in the capital, Doha, to take part in joint military exercises.

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