'Qatar must do more to combat extremism,' says Tillerson
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 20:51
"While current operations from Al Udeid Air Base have not been interrupted or curtailed, the evolving situation is hindering our ability to plan for longer-term military operations", Captain Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the Defense Department said Friday.
The Trump administration is insisting that Qatar drop all connections with the Muslim Brotherhood - both inside its borders and in other countries, including Jordan, CBS News foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan reports.
"No one has the right to intervene in our foreign policy", Sheikh Mohammed said.
Mr Erdogan also approved another accord between Turkey and Qatar on military training cooperation late on Thursday.
Tillerson told reporters at the State Department that the crisis, which has cut transportation links and trade, had begun to hurt ordinary people in Qatar, impaired business dealings and harmed the U.S. battle against Daesh.
He admitted that the Emir of Qatar needs to do more to limit terrorist funding but said he has made progress.
"Until today I have not witnessed Qatar give support to terror", Erdogan said in Istanbul, adding that the Arab states "declare foundations established to provide different services as terror organizations".
Russian President Vladimir Putin has also spoken to Qatar's emir over the crisis.
"It could force Qatar to abandon its foreign policy objectives - or it could convince Qatar that it's surrounded by bullies and the US won't protect it and a closer alliance with Turkey and Iran could guarantee its long-term viability", Kamel said. Davis said the diplomatic rift has not interrupted or curtailed operations at al-Udeid air base, a launching pad for US military efforts in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
Earlier on Friday, Tillerson asked Saudi Arabia and its allies to halt the blockade because of "humanitarian consequences" and also because it was "hindering USA military actions in the region and the campaign against Isis".
Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have sanctioned a dozen organisations and 59 people it accuses of links to Islamist militancy - a number of them Qataris or with links to Qatar - escalating the diplomatic crisis in the region. "But I think the policy is consistent", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
"We do not, have not and will not support terrorist groups".
Numerous others added to the list are figures associated with the Muslim Brotherhood who have made Qatar a base, including Al-Qaradawi.