Qatar must 'change policies': Saudi foreign minister
Qatar must 'change policies': Saudi foreign minister
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07 Junio, 2017, 11:06
Russian hackers planted a fake news report on Qatar's state news site that contributed to the breakdown of diplomatic ties among several Gulf states, CNNreported on Tuesday evening.
Some 8,000 U.S. military personnel are stationed at al Udeid in Qatar, the largest USA air base in the Middle East and a staging ground for US-led strikes on the Islamic State militant group that has seized parts of Syria and Iraq.
While Trump, too, shares the Saudi and UAE goals of weakening hardline Islamic movements and stemming Iran's influence, American officials hadn't publicly singled out Qatar as a problem.
Federation Internationale de Football Association is hoping the regional rifts are healed long before world soccer's governing body might have to contemplate any change of host, a move that would deal a heavy blow to Qatar's reputation and economy as it is investing more than $150 billion on infrastructure to handle the World Cup. But Gulf Arab neighbours and Egypt have always been irked by its maverick stances and support for the Muslim Brotherhood, which they regard as a political enemy.
The Foreign Minister said his government had told President Trump during his Middle-East trip that there was no evidence that Qatar was supporting radical Islamists, adding that the claims were based on "fabricated evidence and lies".
The Pentagon says the ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar has not and will not affect the major US air base there that supports military operations in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
Shortly after Qatar News Agency released that story, several Gulf states cut economic and political ties with the USA ally.
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Al-Jazeera - the Doha-based channel which has been highly critical of the Saudi royal family - has also been a thorn in their side.
Saudi Arabia'sKing Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) meets with Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, June 6, 2017.
Momani said Jordan hopes that the Arab countries overcome this "regrettable stage" and resolve the crisis on solid ground, the news agency said.
Jebel Ali port, the region's biggest container terminal, will be restricted from Tuesday until further notice, its operator Dubai's DP World Ltd. said in an emailed statement.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Trump did not take a position on the decision by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar but appeared to suggest it was understandable.
Saudi Arabia's central bank advised banks in the kingdom not to trade with Qatari banks in Qatari riyals, banking sources said.
Support for Qatar came from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who criticised the sanctions and vowed to maintain and develop ties with Doha.
Qatar long has denied funding extremists, and its foreign minister struck a defiant tone in interviews, even after anxious residents emptied grocery stores in its capital, Doha.
French President Emmanuel Macron called for Gulf unity, saying he was ready to back "all initiatives to encourage calm". It's one of the consequences of hosting a major sporting event that Qatar did not seem to anticipate amid the joy of stunning Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States in the 2010 vote.
The president's sharp critique of Qatar pulled the USA directly into a conflict that American diplomats had wanted the bickering parties to resolve among themselves. The air base, which has hosted US military aircraft for more than 15 years, is considered a marvel, with some of the longest runways in the Middle East and sophisticated hangars that rise like mountains from the flat desert floor.
Several countries cut travel and embassy links with Qatar on Monday.
Qatar Airways has been urged to fulfil its obligations to Malaysian travellers inspite of the restrictions it now faces following a diplomatic row with its neighbours.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaks during a news conference as Gulf Arab states try to patch up a row that erupted with Qatar.
Riyadh also accused Doha of supporting Iran-backed "terrorist activities" in eastern Saudi Arabia and in Shiite-majority Bahrain.
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