Rex Tillerson calls on Arab nations to ease blockade on Qatar

Qatar is the site of the largest U.S. military base in the region and the launching point of numerous U.S. Air Force bombing missions.

"The time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding", Trump said.

Amid a raging diplomatic face-off between Qatar and its neighbours, US President Donald Trump has accused Doha of "historically" being a funder of terrorism and asked the Gulf emirate along with other nations to stop "teaching hate".

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have cut ties with Qatar, accusing their former Gulf Cooperation Council ally of supporting extremist groups.

Trump s stern warning overshadowed an earlier declaration from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - who had also urged Saudi Arabia and its allies to ease their land and sea "blockade" of Qatar.

Some Gulf citizens anxious Qatar's foreign policy will divide their people.

Turkish officials were not immediately available to comment on the report but Hurriyet said there were plans send some 200-250 soldiers within two months in the initial stage.

Qatar's Sheikh Mohammed says his country has been isolated "because we are successful and progressive", calling his country "a platform for peace not terrorism".

The gas-rich emirate is home to the largest U.S. airbase in the Middle East and thus a key ally in the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Ashcroft's firm promised to provide crisis response and management, program and system analysis, media outreach and advocacy, stressing Qatar's efforts to combat global terrorism, according to the contract.

Their joint statement also listed 12 entities, among them Qatari-funded charities Qatar Charity and Eid Charity, as having terrorist links.

Qatar has called the accusations baseless and have described the measures as a "siege" harmful to ordinary people there.

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain may loosen curbs on humanitarian cases of Qatari families with marital ties to both countries.

Trump has aligned himself closely with Saudi Arabia and an allied bloc of Arab countries since taking office.

Worldwide terrorism, violent extremism and religious intolerance pose grave threat not only to regional stability but also to global peace and order and must be confronted by all countries in a coordinated and comprehensive manner, the ministry said.

Amnesty, quoting Qatar's National Human Rights Committee, said more than 11,000 nationals of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE live in Qatar, while many Qataris are residents of the three other Gulf states.

On Saturday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country hoped the rift between the "Muslim countries" would end "through peaceful dialogue before the religious holiday", referring to Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan.

Numerous others added to the list are figures associated with the Muslim Brotherhood who have made Qatar a base, including Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi.

  • Leroy Wright