Trump ignores secy's call for calm, 'scolds' Qatar

Trump ignores secy's call for calm, 'scolds' Qatar

Qatar's ambassador to the U.S. told the Financial Times on Thursday that Saudi Arabia and its allies planned to give a list of demands - expected to include issues related to terrorism - to Doha within 10 days and that the Qatari leadership would consider taking action where they felt it was appropriate.

The secretary of State said the emir of Qatar has made progress in curbing financial support for extremist groups, "but he must do more and he must do it more quickly".

Doha should also take action against individuals who are sanctioned by the U.N. and the United States and are "roaming freely" in Qatar, and to stop providing "sanctuary" to Muslim Brotherhood leaders who have played a role in "radicalizing the region".

The Qatar Airways, following disruption of flights departing and arriving at the Qatari capital of Doha, has been making for longer routes, the Al Jazeera reported.

Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting militants and their arch-adversary Iran - charges Qatar calls baseless. They have imposed what Qatar says is a blockade of shipping and air traffic and closed Qatar's only land border, causing panic buying at supermarkets and provoking confusion and anxiety across the population.

Qatar is home to a vital United States military base.

Tillerson praised efforts by Kuwait to mediate the crisis and said Washington would support the emir of Kuwait.

Then on Friday, Mr Gabriel spoke to Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in the northern German town of Wolfenbuettel.

U.S. President Donald Trump offered to help Qatar and the other Gulf nations resolve their differences, including through a meeting at the White House if necessary, the White House said Wednesday.

Trump on Tuesday backed the regional efforts to isolate Qatar, supporting the Saudi regime and its allies and suggesting the key USA ally - home to the largest American airbase in the Middle East - has been funding "extremism".

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to continue supporting Qatar amid a diplomatic row engulfing that Gulf state.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain welcomed on Saturday Trump's demand for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism, but did not respond to the USA department of state call for them to ease pressure on the Gulf state.

The ministry added that, as a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, it was committed to its charter, respected the sovereignty of other states and did not interfere in their affairs.



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