UAE outlaws sympathy for Qatar on social media

Qatar relies heavily on food imports, especially those coming over its only land border with Saudi Arabia.

Well, what was the impetus behind a series of countries' (particularly Saudi Arabia's), stance against Doha?

Al Qassemi, of the ruling family of the sheikhdom of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he hopes Qatar ends its "rogue, maverick" ways.

Speaking to the AP from a Foreign Ministry office in Dubai, Gargash listed a number of terror groups he alleged Qatar had funded, including al-Qaida's branches in Syria and Somalia, militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and other group's with "al-Qaida-type organizations" in Libya.

They said they would take a hard line on funding. extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar.

The ransom, which Iraqi officials said was in the "hundreds of millions of dollars", was believed to have been paid to militias with close ties to Tehran.

Qatar's ambassador to the USA said Tuesday that he and other leaders were "surprised" by President Trump's tweets taking credit for four Arab nations cutting ties with his country.

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday that the economic measures should persuade Qatar to change its policies and behave "like a normal country".

Following the fallout, Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh al-Sabah spoke with Qatar's emir on Monday evening and urged him to give a chance to efforts aimed at easing tensions.

Late on Tuesday night, the Jordanian Government announced it was reducing its level of diplomatic representation in Qatar and cancelling the local registration for Al Jazeera TV.

A CNN report then cited Qatar's foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani as saying Federal Bureau of Investigation experts had concluded that Russian hackers had a hand in the furor. Suddenly, Qatar was blacklisted by four Arab countries and the Donald was taking credit for it. "Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!" he tweeted. We will not go into intricacies of the issue but the development has the potential to harm the much-needed unity and cohesion of the Islamic world.

He added: "Doha now is completely isolated".

Expatriates residing in Qatar and in possession of a Qatari residence visa will also not be eligible for visa on arrival in the UAE, Etihad spokesman said in an email. He suggested the USA has differences with other Middle Eastern allies and should not single out Qatar. It said the same applies to its flights to and Egypt, which also severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.

"Moving Qatar away from supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and others is good for the region and the world", said Paul Sullivan, a professor at Georgetown University in Washington. Qatar just finished one of the stadiums for the tournament, though others have yet to be built.

"It's unbelievable the circuitous route that they have to take now to get into Doha", said Jeffrey Erlbaum, president of Eta Travel in Conshohocken, who uses an app that tracks planes in the air and their routes.

While losing access to Saudi airspace would force Qatar Airways into the costly maneuver of rerouting its Africa-bound flights, losing access to Bahraini airspace could be catastrophic because the country nearly encircles Qatar.

Translation - Emirati attorney general: Expressing Sympathy for Qatar on social media websites is a crime punishable by law. "From Philadelphia, it's the only flight to the Middle East now". Al Udeid Air Base, outside Doha, is the nerve center of the US fight against the Islamic State and home to 10,000 USA personnel.

"The Qataris should not count on that base as being a guarantee of sort of American protection when it comes to conflict with Saudi Arabia", Al Qassemi said.

  • Leroy Wright