Arab states issue Qatar 'terror list'

Cheryl Sanders
June 9, 2017

"No one has the right to intervene in our foreign policy", Sheikh Mohammed said.

HE Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani held a telephone conversation on Thursday with Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed.

Qatar said on Monday it was facing a campaign of lies and fabrications aimed at putting the Gulf Arab state under guardianship, after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with it.

Moscow on Wednesday dismissed allegations that Russian hackers helped spark the diplomatic crisis around Qatar, after CNN reported that United States officials believed they planted a false news story.

1996 — The Qatar-funded Al-Jazeera satellite news network is launched under Sheikh Hamad and soon becomes a top voice in the Arab world.

Foreigners residing in Qatar in possession of a Qatari residence visa would also not be eligible for visas on arrival in the UAE, an Etihad spokesman said in an email. Qatar relies heavily on food imports, especially those coming over its only land border with Saudi Arabia.

The feud has raised fears of wider instability in an already volatile region that is a crucial global energy supplier and home to several Western military bases.

US investigators claim Russians might be behind some the hacking of the Qatar News Agency that prompted a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, but that seems unlikely given current GCC tensions and the homegrown nature of the cyber battle leading up to the spat.

A picture taken on June 5, 2017 shows a Saudi woman and a boy walking past the Qatar Airways branch in the Saudi capital Riyadh, after it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia following a severing of relations between major gulf states and gas-rich Qatar.

In a tweetstorm, Trump said Mideast leaders he'd met with last month had all "pointed to Qatar" as the source of terrorist financing, waxing optimistically that the isolation of the kingdom might be "the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism".

The Pentagon, whose air operations for the Middle East are headquartered at an air base in Qatar, where at least 10,000 US service members are stationed, opted for balance and calming words. "We see Qatar as a brother state, as a partner", he told a joint press conference with German Foerign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, according to the German simultaneous translation.

French President Emmanuel Macron has also reached out to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Iran in a bid to kick off negotiations. The agreement did not detail a timeframe or the number of troops.

Officially Saudi Arabia hasn't said what the "or else" part of this ultimatum is, though speculation around the Arab media scene is that it is a military invasion.

Tellingly, a proposed agenda for a meeting between UAE officials and the FDD included a discussion on UAE/U.S. policies that could help influence Iran's internal situation. "I think this actually shows the influence [Trump's] trip had to isolate those who fund terrorism in the region", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive diplomatic issue.

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