Trump says Qatar dispute could end terror

Sheikh Mohammed told the channel that the measures taken against Qatar affected its citizens and family ties in the Gulf Arab region, but said Doha would not take counter measures.

Ganesh Gurung, a labor and migration expert in Kathmandu, said some Nepali truck drivers have already lost their jobs because of the closure of the Saudi-Qatar border. More than 11,000 US and coalition forces are deployed to or assigned to al Udeid Air Base, from which more than 100 aircraft operate.

"During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology".

"The real challenge is what Qatar can do to mitigate (the losses), and right now, it doesn't look like it is in a position to do anything". Development does not begin in earnest until the end of World War II. All of the countries are friendly with the USA, putting Mr. Trump in a potentially awkward position.

Still, the minister struck a defiant tone, rejecting those "trying to impose their will on Qatar or intervene in its internal affairs".

He added that Qatari Emir Tamim Al-Tahni postponed a speech he was scheduled to deliver Monday evening on the stand-off "in order to give a chance" for mediation efforts led by Kuwaiti ruler Sabah Al-Ahmed. The call came after a senior Saudi royal arrived in Kuwait with a message from the Saudi king.

It is not the first time that such a diplomatic escalation has occurred between Qatar and its neighbors.

Observers said Monday's decision was also aimed at Iran, another of China's partners in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia's bitter rival.

Meanwhile, the Philippines announced it will temporarily suspend the deployment of Filipino workers to Qatar.

Both the countries in the Gulf are major destinations for Bangladeshi workers.

Qatar said it regretted the coordinated decision by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to cut diplomatic relations on Monday.

In contrast, President Donald Trump is using Twitter to back Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations who cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorist groups.

Another unidentified State Department official told Reuters that Washington does not want a "permanent rift" between Gulf countries, but criticised Qatar. Saudi Arabia has blocked all land, sea and air routes to Qatar, and the UAE has closed its airports and harbors to Qatari flights and shipping.

However, analysts say the rift is also driven by the belief that Qatar is too closely aligned with Iran.

It's a strategy shared by other Persian Gulf countries seeking to win US support - including Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia canceled Qatar Airways' license in the kingdom Tuesday and will shut down its offices within 48 hours.

Qatar is home to nearly 2 million foreign nationals - mainly workers from India, Nepal and the Philippines.

In a statement published on its official website, Egypt Post announced that all mail services with Qatar would stop as of Tuesday. The Saudi ports authority said Qatari-flagged shipping vessels are barred from docking.

"The US steadily increasing output is the key factor pushing down world oil prices, which may dip below the estimated $50-$60 a barrel", she said.

  • Zachary Reyes