Qatar says ready for mediation to ease Gulf rift

Qatar says ready for mediation to ease Gulf rift

Qatar says ready for mediation to ease Gulf rift

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Tuesday the damage caused by economic measures taken by some Arab states against Qatar should convince it change its policies, including regarding extremist groups.

Imposing tough sanctions against Doha, they cancelled flights to the country, blocked Qatari ships from accessing ports and removed its citizens from their territories. "So far, things have been under control", Kristi was quoted by Antara.

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that Arab leaders complained about Qatar in his recent visit to Saudi Arabia.

US officials had said on Monday that the United States would quietly try to calm the waters between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, arguing that the small Gulf state was too important to USA military and diplomatic interests to be isolated.

The economic consequences of the movement have started emerging with UAE carriers Emirates, Etihad, flydubai and Air Arabia, as well as Saudi Airlines, announcing the suspension of all flights to and from Qatar as of Tuesday morning.

" The dispute comes less than a month after USA president Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia and called for a united Muslim front against extremism".

The biggest diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf since the 1991 US -led war against Iraq pits several nations against Qatar, which is home to some 10,000 American troops and a major USA military base.

So much so that it supported the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), founded more than 90 years ago in Egypt and that was banned and declared a terrorist organization after the government of Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi overthrew the democratically-elected Islamic president, Mohamed Morsi, in 2013. Egypt's Foreign Ministry accused Qatar of taking an "antagonist approach" toward Cairo and said "all attempts to stop it from supporting terrorist groups failed".

Around 10,000 military personnel are stationed at U.S. airbase Al-Udeid in Qatar.

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News that half a dozen countries in the Middle East will cut diplomatic ties with Qatar has thrown the region in turmoil.

"There will be a crisis for them maybe in the next month or so until they figure out their supply chain", another Middle East trade source said.

According to Tzuriel, Qatar is a source of frustration for the Sunni camp not only for its connections with the radical Muslim Brotherhood and Tehran, but also for its popular, often critical, Al-Jazeera news network.

Soccer's governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association said it remained in regular contact with Qatar, which will host the 2022 World Cup.

Qatar has also been criticised for supporting Islamist rebels in Syria, and in 2013, the Afghan Taliban opened a Doha office.

"If there's any role that we can play in terms of helping them address those, we think it is important that the GCC remains unified", Tillerson said, referring to the Gulf Cooperation Council, a regional club of nations.

Thousands of trucks carrying food across Saudi Arabia's land border with Qatar were stopped on Monday, the Riyadh-based Al Eqtisadiah newspaper reported.

He had also said: "Until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace, all nations of conscience must work together to isolate it. and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they so richly deserve". Qatar denies that accusation. Qatari media had also published a cartoon mocking Saudi King Salman for spreading "fake news".

" In a worst diplomatic crisis to strike the region since the 1991 Gulf War, the four Arab powers shut down their land, sea and airports as part of the sanctions against Qatar".