Trump says Qatar funding terrorism at 'high level'

DOHA - Qatar is not ready to change its foreign policy to resolve a dispute with fellow Gulf Arab states and will never compromise, Qatar's foreign minister said on Thursday.

"The blockage is hindering USA military action in the region, and the campaign against ISIS", Tillerson said, using an acronym for the extremist group.

"There has been no impact on our operations either in Qatar or with regards to airspace permission around it and we don't anticipate there will be", Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said on Tuesday. That base, the AL Udeid Air Base is the main regional center for United States air missions in the ongoing fight against Daesh.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar on Monday over long-standing allegations that Doha was courting Iran and fomenting instability in the region.

The move saw Qatar's only land border closed and air and sea links cut by the four Arab countries. Several other countries followed suit.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday accused Qatar of funding terrorism "at a very high level", urging the Gulf Arab country to stop the funding.

Lavrov and Zarif met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's summit in Kazakhstan's Astana to discuss the situation in Qatar and the Syrian crisis. The hack, which USA officials reportedly believe was carried out by Russian Federation, includes the posting of a fake news story.

Saudi foreign minister says Gulf states can solve Qatar row alone
On Wednesday, Turkey's parliament ratified two deals on deploying troops in Qatar and training the nation's gendarmerie forces. His defence secretary, James Mattis, also spoke to his Qatari counterpart to express commitment to the Gulf region's security.

"So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off".

In addition to the humanitarian and military effects, Tillerson said the blockade is affecting USA and global companies' abilities to operate in the region. "For Qatar, we want you back among the community of responsible nations". He credited Qatar's emir with making progress in curbing financial support and expelling terrorists, but added: "He must do more, and he must do it more quickly".

But Tillerson said the crisis was indeed affecting the US military.

The White House is insisting that Qatar meet those demands before the campaign by Saudi Arabia and its allies to isolate the tiny, energy-rich nation ends.

"No more funding", Trump said.

"The Kingdom of Bahrain stressed the necessity of Qatar's commitment to correct its policies and to engage in a transparent manner in counter-terrorism efforts, allowing the countries of the region to confront all terrorist entities and eliminate all those who support them".