French leader Macron urges Gulf heads to defuse crisis

Gladys Abbott
June 8, 2017

While Qatar maintained the story was false, the report was followed by diplomatic problems between the country and other Middle Eastern nations Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, as well as the UAE.

On Tuesday, it denied allegations of Russian government hacking after revived claims in United States media that Russia committed cyberattacks meant to influence last year's USA presidential election in favour of Donald Trump, who had vowed to improve relations with Russia. "The Middle East is a political and military powder keg". They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Mauritania became the ninth country to sever ties with Qatar. "Saudi Arabia and UAE remain the two most involved countries in the region in military combats against who they perceive as terrorist groups", he said.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, the Qatari foreign minister, told CNN: "Whatever has been thrown as an accusation is all based on misinformation and we think that the entire crisis [is] based on misinformation".

Meanwhile, Turkey's main exporters group said it was ready to meet food and water needs in Qatar, while a Qatari official said Doha was in talks with Iran and Turkey to ensure trade disruptions do not create shortages of food.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday urged the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Iran and Qatar to engage in dialogue and defuse the crisis which has pitted Doha against its Gulf neighbours.

A State Department official says the USA believes it is most effective for countries in the region to resolve the conflict among themselves.

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President Donald Trump is bringing "reality to the situation" in the Middle East by backing a Saudi-led coalition's tough stance against neighboring Qatar, said Sadad al-Husseini, a former executive at Saudi Arabia's state oil company. Jordan has downgraded its diplomatic representation and revoked the license of Doha-based TV channel al Jazeera.

Russian Federation rejected reports it hacked into the Qatari state news agency and planted fake stories to exacerbate a rift between Middle Eastern states.

He tweets: "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!"

Trump sealed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia on his maiden foreign trip in May.

In this Tuesday, June 6, 2017 photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, right, receives Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians live and work in the oil-rich Gulf, sending money back to their families that is more crucial now than ever, as Egypt is mired in an economic crisis following years of unrest.

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