Niger Recalls Ambassador From Qatar in Solidarity With Other Arab Countries

Sheikh Mohammed's hard line mirrored that of a top Emirati diplomat who told the AP on Wednesday that the United Arab Emirates believes "there's nothing to negotiate" with Qatar.

Eritrea on Friday declined a rewquest by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Shamsi added that the UAE had taken decisive action against Qatar as a result of "its hostile and irresponsible policy against the UAE and a number of Gulf and Arab states".

Qatar denies that it backs extremist groups, and says the allegations are politically motivated and meant to tarnish the country's image.

On June 5, the countries cut diplomatic ties to Qatar and ordered all Qataris out within 14 days.

Qatar, however, is not entirely without support.

Qatar Petroleum (QP) said on Saturday that it was conducting "business as usual" throughout its upstream, midstream and downstream operations, despite rising diplomatic tensions with its Gulf neighbours. He was speaking as his Bahraini counterpart met with Turkey's president in Ankara. "We are now buying Turkish products", he said.

- Russia's foreign minister has told his counterpart from Qatar that Moscow will make efforts to try to resolve the escalating crisis between Qatar and several Arab countries.

Trump too had offered possible mediation earlier last week. Saudi and UAE troops also helped Bahrain brutally squash its 2011 popular uprising.

The contract filed by Ashcroft's firm was signed by Ahmad al-Hammadi, the secretary-general of Qatar's Foreign Ministry.

Frictions had already emerged over their support for assorted militant groups which have occasionally turned their arms against one another as they have fought for spheres of influence. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE also prohibited Qatari flights from using their airspace.

Isolation of Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies may lead to a new war in the Persian Gulf.

At the end of May 2017, Egypt blocked 21 websites, including Aljazeera.net, claiming that they had content "supporting terrorism and extremism as well as publishing lies". Trump had frankly declared during his electoral campaign, and after arriving at the White House, that the Gulf States, enjoying U.S. protection, have to pay money for it.

Qatar, for its part, has strenuously denied the accusations, describing the moves to diplomatically isolate it as "unjustified". "Those residents have the complete freedom in staying in the state of Qatar in accordance with the laws and regulations adopted by the state".

  • Zachary Reyes