Turkey urges Gulf states to end Qatar crisis before end of Ramadan
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 19:45
The dispute escalated on Friday when Saudi Arabia issued a list of 59 individuals it accused of sponsoring terrorism, including members of the Qatari royal family. Gulf monarchies and Egypt's government also view Islamist groups as a threat to their rule.
Saudi Arabia said Sunday it was ordering "suitable measures" to help families with mixed citizenships but provided few details.
Saudi Arabia said an immediate change of policy by Qatar was essential.
"We are now buying Turkish products", he said. He was speaking at a meeting in Moscow Saturday with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.
Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain welcomed on Saturday US President Donald Trump's demand for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism.
The crisis in the Middle East centered on Qatar took another weird turn Friday night as Qatar's ambassador to the United States, Meshal Hamad Al Thani, unleashed a series of tweets seemingly responding to statements President Donald Trump made earlier in the day.
However, earlier Friday U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a different message from Washington, urging Qatar's neighbors to ease their blockade and called for "calm and thoughtful dialogue".
Underlining that it has "vital stakes" in peace and stability in the Gulf, India on Saturday asked countries in the region to resolve the Qatar crisis through constructive dialogue and well-established global principles of mutual respect.
"No more funding", Trump said.
Kuwait's ruling emir has traveled to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to try and mediate the crisis that began June 5.
Qatar has said citizens of the nations that have cut ties with the emirate will be allowed to stay in the country despite measures against its own nationals.
"People from across the region... risk losing jobs and having their education disrupted".
Meanwhile Qatar said it would not retaliate after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE last week ordered all Qatari citizens to leave within 14 days.
"All Qatari banks will struggle for liquidity and will have to pay a premium for funding from elsewhere outside these four countries", SICO Bahrain's Ghosh said.
"Prosecuting anyone on this basis would be a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression".