Indonesia may lose 50000 tourists because of Qatar crisis

A State Department official says the US believes it is most effective for countries in the region to resolve the conflict among themselves.

Intelligence gathered by the USA security agencies indicates that Russian hackers were behind the intrusion first reported by the Qatari government two weeks ago, U.S. officials say.

It's not yet clear whether the United States has tracked the hackers in the Qatar incident to Russian criminal organizations or to the Russian security services blamed for the USA election hacks.

The minister said early Tuesday that Kuwait's ruler had asked Qatar's ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to hold off on giving a speech about the crisis.

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It touts itself as a neutral player that can act as an intermediary in regional conflicts but critics, notably Saudi Arabia and the UAE, allege that it also uses such interventions to play both sides and fund radical Islamist groups.

Maersk, the world's biggest container shipping line, said on Tuesday it was unable to transport goods in or out of Qatar because it could not take them through the UAE port of Jebel Ali.

Quoting people involved in the hostage deal, the report said the money was used to pay off an Al-Qaeda affiliate fighting in Syria and Iranian security officials to secure the release of 26 members of a Qatari falconry party in southern Iraq and about 50 militants captured in Syria.

"We are willing to sit and talk", Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told CNN late on Tuesday.

Qatar's neighbors are angry at Doha's backing for jihadist groups, its willingness to engage with Iran, and its patronage of Al Jazeera, which often criticizes Gulf governments. He said his country was "protecting the world from potential terrorists".

In the interview, Al Thani confirmed the Federal Bureau of Investigation is helping Qatar investigate a hack of its state-run news agency last month that may have been a catalyst for the crisis.

The post Qatar must "change policies" - Saudi foreign minister appeared first on Vanguard News. They cited Qatar's relations with Iran and its alleged support for groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and al-Qaida.

The split among the Arab states erupted last month after Trump visited Saudi Arabia where he accused Iran of "destabilizing interventions" in Arab lands.

Those breaking ties with Qatar are the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the Maldives, Mauritania and Libya's eastern-based government.

United States intelligence has always been concerned with what they say is the Russian government's ability to plant fake news in otherwise credible streams, according to U.S. officials.

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