UAE ruling family member: Qatar now questioning its leaders

Randolph Lopez
June 8, 2017

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi's comments came as Emirati officials also announced those offering support to Qatar online could face years in prison and fines for offering sympathy to the country, suggesting the crisis will only intensify. "The decisions that were made were very strong and will have a fairly large cost on Qatar, and we do not believe that Qataris want to sustain those costs", he said. Officials quoted by Reuters said talks were taking place with Iran, Turkey and others to secure supplies of food and water.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE used to be the biggest markets by the number of available seats for Qatar Airways.

The Qatari and USA government officials say that the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently sent a team to help the Qatari government to investigate further about the hacking incident.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, says the US continues to be grateful to the Qataris for their longstanding support of the American presence and enduring commitment to regional security.

"Qatar is apparently to be more or less completely isolated and existentially targeted", he said, adding: "A further escalation serves no one".

On later stops, he frequently referenced his budding relationship with the Saudi King - a notable signal from the US leader who stresses personal relationships with other world leaders as a sign he can make deals and get things done.

Around 8,000 U.S. military personnel are stationed at al Udeid in Qatar, which is used as a staging ground for US-led strikes on the Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq.

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Mr Johnson told BBC Breakfast: "All that argument detracts from the responsibility of those scumbags and what they have done". Thousands attended a vigil on Monday evening to honour the victims outside London's City Hall, close to London Bridge.

Trump's Tuesday tweet - in which he said "all reference was pointing to Qatar" as a financier of extremism - was especially surprising given Qatar's role as host of the largest United States airbase in the Middle East. Qatar is the only country in the region that allows us to land B-52s, and put B-52s at their base at Al Udeid.

Corker said: "We know that our Arab friends have differences, right?"

And then there is Qatar's support for the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood, a pan-Arab organisation regarded as a menace by the Gulf monarchies. He said: "What is happening is the preliminary result of the sword dance", in reference to Trump's joining in a traditional dance with the Saudi king at the meeting. The airline's website says it has offered refunds or rebookings to affected passengers. "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!"

President Donald Trump sided with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries Tuesday in a deepening diplomatic crisis with Qatar, appearing to endorse the accusation that the oil-rich Persian Gulf nation is funding terrorist groups.

For the USA military, which is supporting Iraqi troops assaulting Mosul and readying a major push into Raqqa, the Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria, the base has never been more important.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and several other states earlier this week moved to sever diplomatic ties with Doha over its alleged support for extremist groups.

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