Trump Weighs In On Gulf Diplomatic Rift

The state-run Kuwait News Agency reported that Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al Sabah spoke with Qatar's emir Monday evening and urged him to give a chance to efforts aimed at easing tensions.

Buildings are seen from across the water in Doha, Qatar, on Monday. They alleged Qatar funds terror groups and has a worryingly close relationship with Iran, a nation with which it shares its vast offshore natural gas field. He didn't take sides.

A Pentagon spokesman said the crisis has had "no impact on our operations in Qatar or with regards to airspace permission around it".

He later tweeted: "So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off". He said he hopes that "Qatar responds to our call to end its support for extremist groups and its interference in the affairs of the countries in the region".

It was unclear how Trump's broadside against Qatar might affect the US-led coalition fighting IS.

Al-Jubeir said that "the issue goes back many years".

Al-Masri's strongly worded criticism of regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia was unusual for Hamas.

The UAE and three other US -aligned Middle East governments ratcheted up a simmering dispute with Qatar on Sunday night when they cut diplomatic and transportation ties to the Gulf nation over its support of the transnational Muslim Brotherhood and alleged assistance to Iran-backed militants around the region.

Donald Trump has swung behind Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations in their move to isolate Qatar for allegedly supporting terrorism, saying funding for "radical ideology" needed to be cut off.

Saudi Arabian and Bahraini authorities closed off all of their ports to Qatari-flagged vessels or ships travelling to or coming from the Gulf state, according to a notice posted on the website of Inchcape Shipping Services on Tuesday.

On top of a possible jail term, offenders could also be hit with a fine of at least 500,000 UAE dirhams, the newspaper said, citing a statement to Arabic-language media.

That is the number of visitors Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said Qatar Airways, for the most part, would have brought to Indonesia this year.

While liberal compared to much of the Middle East, the UAE has tough cybercrime and slander laws under which people can be arrested, imprisoned and deported for taking photographs without the consent of those shown.

The United Arab Emirates, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and other Arab nations severed ties with Qatar and have cut off land, sea and air access.

"He said every country in the region has their own obligations and they need to live up to terminate their support for terrorism and extremism however it manifests itself anywhere in the world,"she said".

In a statement by the Foreign Ministry, the African country accused Qatar of having connections to terrorist organizations.

And a coup attempt or any cross-border action by the Saudis or Emiratis would put Trump in an uncomfortable position, given his now vocal support for the anti-Qatar action.

With exclusion zones sweeping into effect, vessels from Qatar are no longer able to dock in the UAE or Saudi Arabia as planned.

Trump s comments came after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf states broke diplomatic relations with their smaller neighbor.

  • Zachary Reyes