Bahrain foreign minister says all options open on Qatar - Mecca Newspaper

Isa pointed out that Qatari cars and trucks present in Saudi Arabia and Saudi cars and trucks present in Qatar are an exception as they are both allowed to return to their countries.

Qatar vehemently denies the accusations.

President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on the need for regional cooperation in preventing the financing of terrorism and "eliminating the promotion of extremism by any nation in the region", according to a readout of the conversation released by the White House, which did not mention Qatar by name.

Ulrichsen said Qatar's neighbours were among those to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on the grounds that Doha supported extremist groups "that aim to destabilise the region". He had earlier claimed credit for the pressure placed on Qatar saying his recent visit to Saudi Arabia was "already paying off".

He tweets: "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" Trump wrote on Twitter. "We know the ABCs of dealing with terrorism".

Instead of offering to play peacemaker, as two of his top national security aides had done hours after the crisis erupted, Trump unequivocally sided with Saudi Arabia and its main ally, the United Arab Emirates.

Five countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, Yemen and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday over allegations that Doha is supporting Islamist groups and courting Iran. The United States was not informed of the decision until just before it was announced, the State Department said.

Qatar is home to the biggest US airbase in the Middle East, Al-Udeid, where some 10,000 military personnel are stationed.

"At this stage, we note that there are numerous uncertainties regarding Qatar's response, the extent to which these measures will be imposed, and their longevity", said S&P Global Ratings.

Yet Trump's tweet drew concern among American defense officials because Qatar is home to the forward headquarters of the US Central Command, a major Mideast intelligence hub for the US and the site from where it carries out attacks against Islamic State.

Qatar has for years parlayed its enormous gas wealth and media strength into broad influence in the region.

One of the areas that could feel the impact is Qatar's hosting of the World Cup, football's biggest tournament, in five years' time.

Qataris were loading up on supplies in supermarkets, fearing shortages. He did not address the false news report.

Al Thani told the Daily Beast that Qatari leader Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani "had a good meeting" with Trump during the latter's first trip overseas as President.

But his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, told CNN that it would not bow to nations who wish to control its sovereignty. He said "it's important for France to remain in partnership with all these countries", especially with diplomatic, financial and economic interests at stake.

Schaefer told reporters German diplomats were in touch with State Department and National Security Council officials to clarify the US stance.

However, it was Trump himself who had decided on the current direction during his first foreign trip in May to Riyadh, where he made it known that Saudi Arabia had Washington's support in whatever it chose to do. State-backed Qatar Airways, for example, has lost more than 50 flights a day from the blockade.

Food imports are affected as Saudi Arabia closed its land border with Qatar, stranding thousands of trucks carrying supplies.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said isolating Qatar, including the use of sanctions, would not resolve any problems. "This has resulted in heavy losses to human life in these Arab countries, in Europe and throughout the world".

  • Zachary Reyes