Qatar crisis has 'no impact' on US military operations: Pentagon
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 7:10
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday (Jun 6) revoked the operating licence of Qatar Airways and ordered the airline's offices to close within 48 hours, state media reported, as a regional diplomatic crisis escalated.
"Presenting Qatar as a supporter of terrorism is a serious accusation", the Turkish leader said.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain represent the most prominent of the Gulf Arab states and premier powers in the Sunni world, which rivals Iran and its Shia influence in the Middle East. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said the ban took effect Tuesday, but there is no plan yet to repatriate the more than 200,000 Filipino workers in Qatar. "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism". An Omani diplomat travelled to Qatar on Monday.
Sabah left Tuesday night for Saudi Arabia, where he met with King Salman.
The U.S. seems to be behind the Saudi move to punish Qatar for its milder attitude toward Iran. It said the same applies to its flights to and Egypt, which also severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.
UAE state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said Tuesday on Twitter that a "guaranteed roadmap" was needed before it would consider mending ties.
The Saudis have also closed their land border with Qatar and others have blocked access to air space around the wealthy Gulf country.
"We can't force anyone to talk to anyone so as far as we are concerned in any competition it's the choice of players and officials to speak to anyone or not", said John.
U.S. officials say the Russian goal appears to be to cause rifts among the United States and its allies. Like earlier administrations, Trump's had kept its concerns private while publicly praising Qatari efforts to stamp out terror financing.
When asked whether there could be military measures should Doha not change course, Jubeir said: "I hope not".
"It's clearly a neighbourhood spat, and our interests need to be protected by encouraging them to work it out rather than to take sides", he said.
The latter of which the president recently visited where the president alleges that Arab leaders complained about to him about Qatar.
Flights in and out of the base, a key staging area for US operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, are also continuing despite a growing diplomatic row in the region that threatens to engulf some members of the USA -led coalition. And it is trying to galvanize the Arab world to assume greater responsibility in fighting ISIS, something governments won't be able to do if they're consumed with internal spats.
Bob Corker, the Republican head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared stunned when informed by journalists about Trump's tweets on Qatar. Lindsey Graham, summing up America's strategic conundrum.
Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, says the USA continues to be grateful to the Qataris for their longstanding support of the American presence and enduring commitment to regional security.
The International Air Transport Association called on the countries that acted against Qatar to restore air links with the country, warning of major travel disruptions. However, as Trump is trying to increase ties with Russian Federation, which is aligned with Iran, the US could face some pushback from Moscow as well.
If Qatar is economically weakened or decides to retaliate against Trump's 140-character allegations, it has leverage.
Egypt and Qatar have had rocky relations since the military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.
The dispute comes less than a month after Trump visited Saudi Arabia and called for Muslim nations to unite against extremism.
And in its bid to lobby the USA administration, the Saudis spent about $270,000 at Trump's hotel in Washington between October and the end of March, new foreign agent filings show.