Turkey Calls For Dialogue To Solve Qatar Row

Cheryl Sanders
June 7, 2017

Trump on Tuesday hinted that the "hard line" with Qatar was partly a result of his tour of the region in May.

"Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" Trump said on Twitter. Qatar has denied the allegations.

Trump said he'd told the kings, presidents and prime ministers that funding "Radical Ideology" can't be tolerated, and "Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!"

USA officials were blindsided by Saudi Arabia's decision to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar in a coordinated move with Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), current and former officials in Washington told Reuters.

The US was not informed of the decision until just before it was announced, the State Department has said.

The Pentagon was unable to reconcile Trump's support for Qatar's isolation with its own praise for the country.

Mr Trump's comments are likely to cause concern at the Pentagon, given that the Qatar base co-ordinates US-led coalition operations across Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, and 17 nations stretching from north-east Africa and the Middle East into south and central Asia.

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 USA presidential election previous year.

Qatar has for years parlayed its enormous gas wealth and media strength into broad influence in the region.

Qatar has done business in the past with Saudi Arabia's archenemy Iran and tolerated some militant Islamist groups.

It's one that we continue to cooperate with Qatar and other countries in the region in the fight against terrorism. "But if there is any intervention in our affairs or intervention to change our policy because it's contradicting with other policies in different countries, this is not going to happen".

Traders on global markets anxious that Riyadh's allies would refuse to accept LNG shipments from the Gulf state, the world's largest liquefied natural gas exporter, and that Egypt might even bar tankers carrying Qatari cargoes from using the Suez Canal as they head to Europe and beyond.

But the Saudi-led action was already having tangible effects, with dozens of flights canceled, Qatari planes barred from regional airspace, and panic buying in Doha amid fears of food shortages.

Jordan also revoked the license of Doha-based TV channel Al Jazeera, government spokesman Mohammed Al-Momani said.

Asked if Trump's tweets are good for USA foreign policy, Nauert quoted Tillerson, who said Trump had his "own unique way" of communicating and that it seemed to serve him "well".

He appeared to take a more measured tone during a call with Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

Qatar's foreign minister Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on Tuesday said that Doha is ready for a dialogue with its regional rivals to ease Gulf rift and resolve the differences after they severed ties with Qatar accusing it of supporting terrorism and backing Iran.

The rift has affected global oil prices, hit travel plans and sown confusion among businesses.

Some Saudi Arabian and UAE commercial banks were shunning Qatari banks, holding off on letters of credit, banking sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

The state-run Kuwait News Agency reported that Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al Sabah spoke with Qatar's emir Monday evening and urged him to give a chance to efforts aimed at easing tensions. "At that time, he was very heartened by the Emir's commitment to formally join the terrorist financing targeting centre and showing their commitment to this issue", he said.

One analyst, Gerd Nonneman, a professor of worldwide relations and Gulf studies at Georgetown University's campus in Doha, Qatar, said Federal Bureau of Investigation and British intelligence officials had "no doubt" that the article on the emir was the result of a hack.

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