Qatar vows no surrender in Gulf crisis as US, Kuwait seek solution

Gladys Abbott
June 9, 2017

"At this stage, we note that there are numerous uncertainties regarding Qatar's response, the extent to which these measures will be imposed, and their longevity", said S&P Global Ratings.

Qatari officials have since denied accusations that they fund the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremist groups in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and in Syria, including al-Qaida's branch, once known as the Nusra Front.

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

Moscow yesterday dismissed allegations that Russian hackers helped spark the diplomatic crisis around Qatar.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said Qatar had not yet been presented with a list of demands by countries that cut off diplomatic and transport ties, but insisted the matter be solved peacefully.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) tightened the squeeze on Qatar on Wednesday threatening anyone publishing expressions of sympathy toward it with up to 15 years in prison, and barring Qatari passport or resident visa holders entry.

Separate bills for the training of military personnel and the deployment of troops to a Turkish military base in Qatar were moved up parliament's agenda on Wednesday, a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced support for Qatar and criticized other countries' moves to isolate it. But Gulf Arab neighbours and Egypt have always been irked by its maverick stances and support for the Muslim Brotherhood, which they regard as a political enemy.

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In a statement by the Foreign Ministry, the African country accused Qatar of having connections to terrorist organizations. It said Qatar is "promoting extremist thoughts and spreading chaos and disturbances across numerous Arab countries, resulting in big humanitarian miseries".

Qatar long has denied supporting terror groups.

Mauritania has strong military and economic ties to oil-rich Saudi Arabia, which led the diplomatic spat with Qatar.

U.S. officials were blindsided by Saudi Arabia's decision to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar in a coordinated move with Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, current and former officials in Washington told Reuters.

But efforts to defuse the worst crisis among Gulf Arabs for two decades have showed no immediate progress.

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi says Qatar's citizens are "questioning if this is going to end up in seeing a change in leadership itself".

UAE airlines Etihad and Emirates said all travellers holding Qatari passports were now prohibited from travelling to or transiting through the emirates.They announced details of the restrictions after Australian carrier and Emirates partner Qantas Airways (QAN.AX) said it would not fly Qataris to Dubai because of the bans.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.

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