UAE bans sympathy for Qatar

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash.

Trump spoke by telephone with Saudi Arabia's ruler King Salman later Tuesday in an exchange of notably different tone from the USA president's earlier remarks on Twitter.

Particularly Qatar, but also Oman, Kuwait, which are not necessarily in agreement with this very strong approach towards Iran.

"During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology", Trump tweeted. Reporters broke with a widespread taboo of the Arab news media by interviewing Israeli officials.

President of non-profit Qatar's Friends Group, Bekir Cantemir in a speech drew parallels between the 2013 coup in Egypt, the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey and what is happening in Qatar, accusing foreign powers of trying to destabilize the region.

Castaner said France doesn't intent to take sides.

We are already seeing speculation about a possible change of leadership in Qatar.

Energy-rich Qatar has long had strained ties with its neighbors, but the move by Saudi Arabia and its supporters raised fears of more volatility in the region.

It also arranged three charter flights from Jeddah to Muscat to bring back stranded Qatar Airways passengers to Doha. He said in Berlin he is seeking a response "soon".

Earlier, a Saudi press agency statement said the move was necessary because of "grave violations being committed by the authorities in Doha over the past years in secret and public", including giving shelter to various terrorist groups, some of them backed by Iran. Qatar hosts one of the largest United States military bases in the region.

Press Agency SPA Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud right receives Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Jaber al Ahmad al-Sabah in Jiddah Saudi Arabia. Sheikh Sabah aims resolving a diplomatic crisis between

A Hamas official says Saudi Arabia's call to Qatar to cut ties with the Palestinian group is "regrettable" and contradicts traditional Arab support for the Palestinian cause.

The forces had been stationed in southern Saudi Arabia, the report said, reinforcing Saudi defences against Houthi attacks.

Sheikh Sabah visited Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to try to mend fences, but no details were released on his mission.

The UAE, Yemen and Egypt on Monday announced that they will be joining Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar.

The UAE central bank issued a statement saying payments and remittances in the UAE financial system were occurring normally after the diplomatic split, but it did not specify whether UAE banks would be required to close out their exposure to Qatar.

Like much of the Gulf, the UAE has harsh cybercrime and defamation laws which have drawn condemnation from worldwide human rights groups.

He regretted the overt and covert security, economic and political relations between Riyadh and Tel Aviv, saying Israel encourages Saudi Arabia to fuel the conflict dreaming that it would own sovereignty and hegemony over the Persian Gulf countries in the wake of the tensions and conflicts. Qatar has denied the allegations.

He appeared to take a more measured tone during a call with Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

"Any de-escalation to the crisis is likely to require a leadership change in Qatar", Control Risks, a consulting firm, wrote in an assessment of the crisis.

  • Zachary Reyes