Trump takes sides in Arab rift, suggests support for isolation of Qatar
Trump takes sides in Arab rift, suggests support for isolation of Qatar
08 June, 2017, 01:00
"They said they would take a hard line on funding. extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar".
The official said that given the turmoil, Qatar's leaders may try to reassure USA central command that Al-Udeid operations are secure to keep Trump from backing dramatic Saudi action.
So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off, he tweeted.
A statement from Doha issued on Wednesday said that the Qatar News Agency website was hacked by an "unknown entity" and that "a false statement attributed to His Highness has been published".
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said isolating Qatar would "not resolve any problems" and called for "mutual dialogue".
The incident - which pits several nations against Qatar, home to some 10,000 American troops and a major USA military base - marks the biggest diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf since the 1991 US-led war with Iraq.
We recognize that there are differing views in the region that have gotten us to this point, it said in a statement. United States and the Coalition are grateful to the Qataris for their longstanding support of our presence and their enduring commitment to regional security.
Boeing spokeswoman Caroline Hutcheson said in a statement: "We have been working closely with the USA and Qatari governments on this proposed sale".
As a long running ally in the region, Qatar plays host to the largest American air base in the Middle East.
Trump's tweets Monday and Sunday calling for an even tougher travel ban in the wake of the London terror attacks and denouncing the judicial system as slow and political may undercut his case in court, legal experts said.
"Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" he said. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, said he wasn't aware of the president's tweets when asked about them Wednesday afternoon at the Capitol.
Qatar, a small peninsular nation of 2.5 million people that has a large USA military base, denounced the action as predicated on lies about it supporting militants. "We have no option as they [Qatar Airways] could not fly their aircraft anyway", Arief said. The official wasn't authorized to comment publicly Tuesday and requested anonymity.
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani meets with U.S. President Donald Trump in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in May.
When avoiding Saudi Arabia, their massive - and only - neighbour, Qatar's planes are having to take more indirect routes, leading to longer flight times. We will not go into intricacies of the issue but the development has the potential to harm the much-needed unity and cohesion of the Islamic world.
The official says Qatar has made progress in stopping financing for terrorist groups but has more work to do.
Saudi Arabia said it revoked Qatar Airways' operating licenses and closed the airline's offices in the kingdom. The visit also culminated in what the administration said was $110 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
Kuwait did not join fellow Gulf countries in taking measures against Doha, and its Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah went to the Saudi city of Jeddah for talks to resolve the crisis with King Salman.
Qatar used its gas wealth to back the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Hamas in the Gaza Strip and armed factions opposed by the UAE or Saudi Arabia in Libya and Syria.
Analyst Giorgio Cafiero of Gulf State Analytics, a geopolitical risk consultancy based in Washington, DC, told Al Jazeera: "I think the Kuwaitis as well as Omanis. fear the prospects of these tensions escalating in ways which could undermine the interest of all six members of the GCC".
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