Arab powers issue Qatar-linked "terrorism" list

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

Previously, the USA had insisted the Qatar crisis wouldn't affect US military efforts in the Middle East.

The president has offered to help all parties address their differences through a meeting that might possibly be held at the White House.

The statement said that Trump emphasised the importance of all countries in the region working together to prevent the financing of terrorist organisations and stop the promotion of extremist ideology.

Ironically, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya and Maldives are members of the OIC.

Germany's Foreign Ministry says it is trying to understand the US position on the Gulf crisis, after Saudi Arabia and other nations cut ties to Qatar.

It was unclear if he was aware of the comments Tillerson had made.

"So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off".

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told Reuters there would be more economic curbs on Qatar if necessary and said Doha needed to make ironclad commitments to change what critics say is a policy on funding Islamist militants. "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" He said families were being separated, children removed from school and Qataris forced to deal with food shortages.

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"Strict and firm action will be taken against anyone who shows sympathy or any form of bias towards Qatar, or against anyone who objects to the position of the United Arab Emirates, whether it be through the means of social media, or any type of written, visual or verbal form", Gulf News quoted UAE Attorney-General Hamad Saif al-Shamsi as saying.

It wasn't immediately clear how Trump's sharp condemnation might affect USA cooperation with Qatar, which hosts some 10,000 US troops and a major USA air base that serves as a staging ground for operations in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 11,000 US and coalition forces are at the base, from which more than 100 aircraft operate. The U.S. military has previously insisted that that it would not affect U.S. military operations in the region.

"Qatar has a history of supporting groups that span the spectrum of political expression, from activism to violence", Tillerson said.

Kuwait's ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, traveled from the UAE to Qatar on Wednesday after visiting Saudi Arabia the day before to resolve the crisis.

Professor Wang Yiwei of the People's University in China believes that even though Chinese investments will not be directly affected by the current conflict, the growing instability in the region could still have a negative impact on China's economic cooperation with the Gulf States.

Qatar dismissed allegations of support for Islamist militancy on Friday after four Arab states, which cut ties with Qatar this week, blacklisted as terrorists dozens of people with alleged links to Qatar, Reuters said.

Qatar's neighbors have also criticized Qatar for allegedly supporting groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

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