Qatar slams Saudi, allies terrorism list as 'baseless'

Erica Roy
June 11, 2017

He says Qatar's ruling emir will not leave the country while it is "in blockade", effectively meaning he can not take up Trump's offer of mediation at the White House.

"Do we take the easy road or do we finally take hard but necessary action?" he said, adding he decided "the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding". The UAE, along with Egypt, has backed anti-Islamist former army commander Khalifa Haftar, appointed by a government and parliament based in the east. Qatar and Turkey have supported rival Islamist-leaning factions in western Libya.

Notably, while he criticized Qatar, he thanked Saudi Arabia.

Gargash said the four Arab states seek a "political commitment to change course" by Qatar, including ending its support for the Brotherhood and Hamas. He also mentions that Iran has pledged to help Qatar with food and three of Iran's ports will be designated for Qatar.

It asked Indian expatriates in the region to contact the Indian embassy or consulate concerned should they require assistance or advise consequent to the developing situation.

The Qatari foreign minister said he still did not understand what the accusations against Doha were all about.

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said on Thursday that no one had the right to intervene in the country's foreign policy.

Trump too had offered possible mediation earlier in the week. Increasing the pressure Friday, Qatar's neighbors put 12 organizations and 59 people on a terror sanctions list and described them as being associated with Qatar.

But just an hour earlier, Tillerson was publicly defending Qatar.

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When 31-year-old Ali al-Mohanadi heard Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other nations were cutting ties and severing all transport links with his home country Qatar, he emptied the back of his Land Cruiser SUV and drove to a nearby supermarket.

Sergey Lavrov met Qatar's foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani, in Moscow on Saturday and said "we have observed with concern the news of this escalation". Qatar ally Turkey meanwhile hosted the Bahraini foreign minister for talks on the crisis.

On Tuesday, Trump seemed to endorse the Gulf states' action in a series of tweets. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was also ready to support diplomatic efforts "if desired by all parties", his spokesman said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Arab nations on Friday to immediately ease their blockade on Qatar, warning that the Persian Gulf crisis is hindering US efforts to fight the Islamic State group and other extremists in the Middle East. Kuwait's ruler, meanwhile, is making an effort to help mediate. "This dispute is threatening the stability of the entire region", he said.

Shi'ite militant groups in Bahrain seen as linked to Iran were also named, including Saraya Ashtar, Saraya Mukhtar, and the February 14 opposition movement that arose during the Arab spring.

"We don't believe in a military solution", he said. His wife is a UAE national and is forbidden from travelling to Qatar, while his children are Qatari nationals and so are required to leave the UAE.

Qatar Petroleum said it "wishes to affirm that it is conducting business as usual", adding that it remains committed to being a stable energy producer.

"There can be no justification for tearing families apart, suppressing peaceful expression, and leaving migrant workers abandoned and at risk", said Lynch.

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