Qatar calls allegations that it supports extremists "baseless"

Evrard Martin
Juin 10, 2017

Emirates and Flydubai followed suit.

The CNN report said it was not clear whether the hackers suspected in the Qatar incident were linked to Russian organizations such as the GRU military intelligence agency, which has been accused of being behind cyberattacks aimed at influencing the US presidential election previous year.

A Qatari diplomat told the Associated Press on Thursday that his country's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, would not travel overseas while the blockade remained in place. "We are a platform for peace", he told reporters in Doha in a defiant tone.

Food imports are affected as Saudi Arabia closed its land border with Qatar, stranding thousands of trucks carrying supplies.

Turkey and Qatar have developed close ties over the years and reached an agreement in 2014 to set up a Turkish military base in the tiny Gulf nation.

As of now, Qatari citizens are anxious about the possible food shortages, whilst the existing stockpiles of consumer goods should suffice for about a week, according to some observations.

TRT World's Iolo Ap Dafydd reports. Qatar believes the Gulf Cooperation Council, if earnestly concerts the pipeline, can help a great deal in removing irritant like Bahrain-Qatar dispute over Hawar Islands, influence secure Iraqi waters-in case Syrian route is not approved of given the civil war in the country.

"This is not about regime change - this is about change of policy, change of approach", Gargash told AFP in Dubai. Qatar hosts 8,000 USA military personnel at al Udeid, the largest US air base in the Middle East and a launchpad for US -led strikes on the Islamic State militant group.

Trump made the offer Wednesday during a phone call with Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani.

But a Qatari official said on Thursday the emir would not be accepting the invitation. Qatar Airways, a five-star airline, is the smallest of the Big Three, with a 2.6% share of the Middle Eastern airlines market in 2015, amounting to $1.4b.

Jordan also signaled a willingness to work with neighboring countries to help end the crisis, according to government spokesman Mohammad Al-Momani.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis, speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House.

"The feeling here is that it is going to take a while to fix". While it's unclear whether or not Trump was aware of Saudi's plans to cut ties with Qatar, his visit to Riyadh apparently had a tremendous effect on Saudi Arabia and its neighbors.

A Qatari official had no immediate comment on the designations but said that Qatar adheres to United Nations Security Council resolutions on countering terrorism including eradicating sources of financing for terrorism.

The UAE did not hack the Qatari news agency, Gargash said. "We need to put everything in check".

Authorities tried to calm nerves on Wednesday, releasing a video showing a shop with shelves brimming with food and reassuring Qataris - the wealthiest people in the world per capita - that their quality of life would not be hit. The group is 65% controlled by Ooredo, Qatar's communications company.

Qatar has an independent streak that has often angered its neighbours, attracting criticism for hosting the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, and supporting Islamist rebels in Syria. Qatar vehemently denies giving such support.

"Qatar needs to decide: Do you want to be in the pocket of Turkey, Iran and Islamic extremists?" So we had a decision to make.

The list and response adds to the diplomatic and political tensions in the Gulf which have heightened since Saudi Arabia and its allies severed ties with Qatar over its alleged support for extremism.

"Qatar supports Gaza, not Hamas, and it has supported the Palestinian Authority in Gaza a few times, thus dismissing claims that Doha's support for Gaza is political support for Hamas", Hebron-based political analyst Belal Shobaki told Al Jazeera. About two-thirds of the company's trade receivables of 790 million ringgit ($185 million) in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 were attributed to the region, including the Lusail real estate development project in Doha. An Al-Jazeera spokesperson said that the company's servers had not been compromised thus far in the continuing attack.

The lingering diplomatic spat between Qatar and several Gulf states is "Trumpification", the German foreign minister said, adding that USA weapons deals with the Middle East risk a new arms race and escalation in a region already plagued by conflicts and sectarian divides.

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