Qatar must 'end support for terror' to stop Gulf tensions

Saudi Arabia itself is known as the main sponsor of the violent Wahhabi terrorists that it has accused Qatar of supporting.

He has also repeated allegations made by Riyadh and Abu Dhabi about Doha's alleged funding terrorism through a series of tweets.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement Friday that he expects the nations now involved in a blockade against Qatar to deescalate the situation.

Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!" followed by "So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off.

Gulf allies tightened their squeeze on Qatar on Friday by putting dozens of figures with links to the tiny, wealthy nation on terrorism blacklists.

He called on Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to ease blockade on Qatar.

The announcement increases pressure on Qatar in a diplomatic and economic campaign to isolate the small Gulf Arab state, which is a critical global supplier of gas and hosts the biggest USA military base in the Middle East. "For Qatar, we want you back among the unity of responsible nations".

Qatar vehemently denies the claims, and says it is the victim of an orchestrated campaign to force Doha to change its foreign policy.

Turkey has intensified its relations with Qatar and allied with Doha since the beginning of the Arab Spring in 2011 to support the Muslim Brotherhood movement in the region.

"Qatar has a history of supporting groups that span the spectrum of political expression from activism from violence".

Qatari groups said Saturday they will take legal action against a number of Gulf states that have issued a blockade against the country.

But the tone and tenor Mr. Tillerson's statement only 90 minutes earlier, was more about the crisis created by the blockade. Previously, the US had insisted the Qatar crisis wouldn't affect USA military efforts in the Middle East.

He demanded that Qatar, as well as the other nations, take steps to curtail support for terrorism.

In his remarks, Trump said he has just returned from a historic trip to Europe and the Middle East, where he worked to strengthen its alliances, forge new friendships and unite all civilised people in the fight against terrorism.

"I won't name other countries but we are not done solving the problem, but we will solve that problem", he said.

  • Leroy Wright