Saudi minister says Qatar must end support for Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 18:51
Qatar relies heavily on food imports, especially those coming over its border with Saudi Arabia, and the Arab nations opposing it have cut off their land, sea and air routes into the country. The official wasn't authorized to comment publicly Tuesday and requested anonymity. The impact: "let's say that 2017 has only 7 months left, around 50,000 foreign tourists will be lost due to boycott of Qatar", he said at the Presidential Palace compound yesterday.
The Pentagon says the ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar has not and will not affect the major US air base there that supports military operations in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
In another tweet, the USA president said that leaders of unnamed Middle Eastern nations "pointed to Qatar" when he demanded funding of "radical ideology" to be stopped.
USA officials said on Monday the United States would quietly try to calm the waters between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, saying that Qatar was too important to US military and diplomatic interests to be isolated.
Qatar has maintained its diplomatic clout in part by being the home of U.S. Central Command and the U.S's largest air base in the region and hosting branches of prestigious Western universities.
"In a latest tweet, Trump said: ".extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar.
Corker said: "We know that our Arab friends have differences, right? Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" he added.
Terming the sidelining of Qatar by Gulf nations as "the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism", U.S. President Donald Trump gloated about his recent visit to the Middle east, which according to him paved the way for this move. Tensions surged between countries closer to Saudi Arabia (such as Bahrain, and Egypt) and others, such Qatar, with ties to Iran.
Qatar vehemently denies the accusations against it. "Qatar has to stop these policies so that it can contribute to stability in the Middle East", he said.
Since the diplomatic row erupted, slogans against and in support of Qatar have been among the top topics discussed on Twitter in Arabic, which is a hugely popular medium of expression in the Arab world, particularly in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE have always been infuriated by Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, for the Arab Spring which overthrew several autocratic regimes and for its tolerance of arch-rival Iran.
Some 8,000 US military personnel are stationed at al Udeid in Qatar, the largest USA air base in the Middle East and a staging ground for USA -led strikes on the Islamic State militant group that has seized parts of Syria and Iraq. "Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!" All of the countries are friendly with the US, putting Trump in a potentially awkward position.