Lunedi, 18 Dicembre, 2017

USA urges Gulf states to ease blockade against Qatar

Trump offers to host feuding Gulf nations at White House Trump throws ties with key ally Qatar into crisis
Parmenio Sano | 20 Giugno, 2017, 03:07

Since the Qatar crisis erupted on Monday, Twitter has been witnessing heated discussions with slogans against and in favour of the isolated Arab nation. Saudi Arabia has closed Qatar´s only land border. However, in a bullish response, isolated Qatar said the list had no basis in reality and claimed it had the strongest record in the region on countering extremism.

In a tweet sent out early on Monday morning, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "Protecting national security from threats of terrorism and extremism, Saudi Arabia has made a decision to sever diplomatic and consular relations with the State of Qatar".

The rupture is based on the accusation that the Qatari government finances terrorist organisations, including the Islamic State, Al Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood, an accusation that Qatar has denied. We are seeing shortages of food. I'm sorry, we will continue to give Qatar every kind of support.

Qatar responded by saying that the list reinforced "baseless allegations".

Erdogan signed off deals on the Turkish Parliament's approval late on Thursday night, Xinhua news agency reported.

In an extraordinary broadside against a key USA partner, President Donald Trump lambasted Qatar on Friday for funding terrorism "at a very high level" and insisted that it stop.

President Donald Trump condemned Qatar for being an historical "funder of terrorism at a very high level" during a press conference Friday.


He added: "We are not ready to surrender, and will never be ready to surrender, the independence of our foreign policy". As we combine efforts to defeat the military, financial, and ideological support of terrorists, we expect to see progress in the Arab world toward greater political expression.

"I won't name other countries", Mr. Trump said.

Despite Tillerson's call for there to be "no further escalation", Trump's sharp comments were likely to further embolden Saudi Arabia and the others in their bid to isolate Qatar.

Tillerson told reporters at the State Department that the crisis, which has cut transportation links and trade, had begun to hurt ordinary people in Qatar, impaired business dealings and harmed the U.S. battle against Daesh.

In an earlier interview with the Saudi newspaper Makkah on Wednesday, Sheikh Khalid said he appreciated Kuwaiti mediation to resolve the dispute but that all options were open for his country to protect itself from Doha.

As Qatar faces diplomatic and trade turmoil, Turkish parliament has approved legislation that will send Turkish troops to one of the country's military bases in Qatar, according to Al Jazeera.

In addition to the humanitarian and military effects, Tillerson said the blockade is affecting US and global companies' abilities to operate in the region.

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