Arab nations add names to terror list amid Qatar dispute
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 14:56
The group said the list shows Qatar "announces fighting terrorism on one hand and finances and supports and hosts different terrorist organisations on the other hand".
He says Qatar will need to close or limit its Al-Jazeera news network and stop funding extremists groups to end the crisis.
Their "fingerprints are all over the place" in terror funding, Gargash said. The Qatari Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Its foreign minister has struck a defiant tone in interviews, even after anxious residents emptied grocery stores in its capital of Doha as Saudi Arabia has blocked trucks carrying food from entering the country.
Doha is a major worldwide travel hub, but flagship carrier Qatar Airways now flies increasingly over Iran and Turkey after being blocked elsewhere in the Middle East.
Trump also called Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the U.A.E., Wednesday. It drew some apparent support on Wednesday with Turkey saying it would fast-track troop deployments to a base in Qatar and provide crucial food and water supplies to the emirate. This is because Turkey is the most reasonable and reliable country in the region that can assume the role of mediator in the Qatar crisis and the Iran stalemate, which are potential problems in the future. He barred Qatari passport- or resident visa-holders entry and said those expressing sympathy toward Qatar could face up to 15 years in prison.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry accused on Monday Qatar of sheltering leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, outlawed in Russian Federation, as well as disseminating the ideology of Daesh and al-Qaeda terror groups, both banned in Russian Federation. They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar.
"If there is Qatar on one side and the rest of the Gulf states on the other, one must be very careful", said Dr. Ali Faik Demir, a member of the Galatasaray University International Relations Department.
US President Donald Trump, who had initially backed the measures against Qatar in a tweet, called Sheik Tamim on Wednesday with an offer "to help the parties resolve their differences". Analysts have raised the prospect of a palace coup in Qatar, a hereditary monarchy ruled by the Al Thani family that has a history of such changes in leadership.
The Gulf countries have ordered their citizens out of Qatar and gave Qataris overseas 14 days to return home. A top Emirati diplomat, meanwhile, said "there's nothing to negotiate" with Qatar.
In December 2015, Turkey reached a long-term deal to buy liquefied natural gas from Qatar.
Adel al-Jubeir also addressed claims Qatar had drafted in the FBI to investigate how its state-run news agency was "hacked" in an incident that first rocked diplomatic relations.
Sources said the UAE and Saudi Arabia have already cut exports of white sugar to Qatar.
"I am committing the United States to Article 5", Trump said.
Another major rating agency, Moody's, assesses Qatar at Aa3, which is equal to S&P's new rating.