Trump offers to host summit on Qatar crisis

Cheryl Sanders
June 9, 2017

Qatar vehemently denies the allegations.

Qatar has enormous influence within the Arab and Islamic World because of its media, the state-owned Al Jazeera, and Saudi Arabia thinks that it needs to be brought in line. As for Bahraini nationals, 830 work in Qatar; 280 in the government sector and 550 in the private sector.

In a preliminary report, the investigators did not say who they held responsible for the hack but said that both the United Kingdom and U.S. were helping with their inquiry, New Arab reported. Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!...

- Turkey's parliament approves two deals on Wednesday: on deploying troops in Qatar and on training the Gulf nation's gendarmarie forces.

He also said Qatar's emir will not leave the country while it is "in blockade", so he can not attend an offered mediation by US President Donald Trump at the White House.

"The President offered to help the parties resolve their differences, including through a meeting at the White House if necessary", the White House said in a statement following the call. However, the Qatari foreign minister downplayed the likelihood of military conflict. Qatar's foreign policy, especially on Iran, differs notably from that of the Saudis.

CNN claimed on Tuesday that U.S. officials believed Russian hackers were behind the planting of the fake news.

On Friday, Qatar's foreign minister described the blockade as a violation of worldwide law and said there was an attempt to mobilise global opinion against the Gulf emirate.

Led by Kuwait, mediation efforts are now underway to resolve the crisis, which Gargash said was the result of "an accumulation over many, many years of subversive Qatari politics and support for extremism and terrorist organizations".

Qatar is a key USA ally and has hosted the United States' largest Airbase in the Gulf since 2003. In fact several of the entities and individuals identified are explicitly affiliated to the Government of Qatar, the report said. Iran said the attacks had been carried out by Iranians who had joined ISIS. A series of leaked emails between UAE's ambassador to the US and a pro-Israel think tank indicate that the UAE (and Saudi Arabia) are working behind the scenes to isolate Iran.

The United States and Israeli both backed the Saudis even though they were the world's state sponsor of terrorism, both in the "hard" form of money and arms and the "softer" form of Wahhabist ideology, Jatras explained.

The diplomatic row has extended far beyond the Gulf.

The Qatari government said on Friday: "We do not, have not and will not support terrorist groups".

- The UAE and Saudi Arabia are seeking a "change of policy, not regime" in Qatar, an Emirati minister said.

The political rift between GCC countries has turned into humanitarian and social crisis for its citizens as many people's lives have turned upside down due to the ongoing stand-off.

"Qatar Airways regrets to inform you that some of our offices have been closed and a number of our flights have been suspended in accordance with local authority directions", the message says.

Qatar's ministry of defence said in a statement that there has been no upgrade in the level of military preparations, according to Al Jazeera on Thursday.

"The emir is wise not to speak", said Faraj, a Qatari engineer working for a telecommunications company.

Qatar's credit rating was lowered on Wednesday, in the latest fallout from the decision by a group of neighbouring countries to cut diplomatic and trade ties. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir told reporters in Paris on Tuesday that Qatar must sever ties with Hamas and its historic parent, the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood. So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off.

Advocating cooperation in the region, Iran offered Qatar its airspace as well as food and water supplies to the isolated Gulf state.

"At the moment everything we know is from the media, so we also need to talk to our member association in Qatar and find out how bad the situation is, or what the actual situation is", said John.

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