Qatar accuses Arab nations of 'using terrorism as a publicity stunt'

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

"Unfortunately, some Arab states were silent when it came to Qatar".

"The Saudis and Emiratis have to get their own house in order first before they create the larger alliance, the 'Arab NATO, '" said Theodore Karasik, a senior adviser at Gulf State Analytics, a Washington-based think tank.

In this Monday, June 12, 2017 photo, Qatari and other nationals queue at the check in counters of the Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar.

It reported that additional Turkish troops had arrived in Qatar on Sunday for the exercises, although military sources in the region told Reuters the operation actually involved Turkish troops that were already present rather than new arrivals.

Earlier this month Saudi Arabia and several of its allies cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremist groups, including some backed by Iran.

They also urged their citizens to return to their respective countries, disrupting the lives of thousands in the region and restricting their freedom of movement.

Officials later clarified there would be exceptions for mixed-nationality families in the Gulf, where tribes span across national borders.

"Saudi Arabia is sponsoring terrorist groups in Iran", he said on Thursday.

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"The humanitarian impact of the blockade is real", he said. The UAE has also made a decision to blacklist Qatari individuals and entities.

The United Nations human rights chief last week criticized the expulsion of Qataris, saying people risk losing access to their homes and jobs, and students can not sit for exams.

The group gathered in front of Qatar's general consulate in Istinye in the European side of the city.

Apart from the fake Malta story, it had also published two identical articles claiming that Saudi Arabia has ended ties with Kuwait and Yemen due to their support for Qatar. Of course, halting the exports would also be an economic hardship on state-run QP, which wouldn't have pipeline access to some alternative market if they suddenly lost the UAE as a customer.

Cavusoglu's meetings with leaders of Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia were largely closed to the press.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani decried the blockade last week but said his country was open to a diplomatic solution. Qatar says it has not yet received a list of demands from its neighbors.

Ms Smith - who was appointed as the head diplomat in Doha by former President Barack Obama three years ago - has since tweeted that "Qatar is a strong partner in combating terrorist financing", contradicting the US President's public claims that the country is "a funder of terrorism at a very high level".

But Iqbal Jassat's freaky charge that Israel is behind the Saudi-led boycott of Qatar has taken things to an altogether new level.

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