Qatar says Gulf citizens can stay despite crisis

"But it does not give us joy when relations between our partners deteriorate", Lavrov told Qatar's foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani at talks in Moscow. "I say it should be lifted completely", he said of the embargo.

"We call on Qatar to be responsive to the concerns of its neighbours", he said, speaking shortly after Saudi Arabia placed members of Qatar's royal family on a "terror list".

"This policy of domination and control is not going to work". Home to some 10,000 troops, Al-Udeid is central to the US-led fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The impact on shipping isn't clear; Platts has reported both that "Oil shipping bears brunt of Qatar diplomatic crisis" and that "Qatar diplomatic crisis not seen impacting oil, LNG shipping".

The rift between Qatar and countries including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and the non-GCC nation of Egypt may also dent business confidence and hit credit growth opportunities in the region if the rift persists, Moody's said.

Rights group Amnesty International says thousands of Gulf residents are now caught up in the dispute.

Saudi Arabia said Sunday it was ordering "suitable measures" to help families with mixed citizenships, but provided few details.

In a preliminary report published late on Wednesday, the investigators did not say who they held responsible for the hack but said that both Britain and the USA were helping with their inquiry.

On 28 May, in a freakish development, the Al ash-Shaikh issued a statement denying that the amir of Qatar was descended from bin Abd al-Wahhab (the ancestry claim has always been regarded as dubious in Abu Dhabi and probably elsewhere).

Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino on Sunday said he was confident the diplomatic crisis posed no threat to the 2022 edition of the World Cup, which raked in $4.8 billion in 2014 in Brazil, according to a Federation Internationale de Football Association report.

Saudi Arabia and its allies accuse Qatar of sponsoring extremist groups, some allegedly linked to Riyadh's arch-foe Iran, fomenting trouble across the region.

Its flag carrier Qatar Airways now flies increasingly over Iran and Turkey after being blocked elsewhere over the Middle East.

Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi told The Associated Press that a sixth planeload of vegetables will head to Qatar on Sunday.

"We will continue deliveries as long as there is demand", Noushabadi added, without saying if these were commercial exports or aid.

"Qatar needs to decide: Do you want to be in the pocket of Turkey, Iran and Islamic extremists?"

President Trump came out swinging against Qatar during a Rose Garden press conference today after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier urged easing of the blockade against the Gulf nation and the Pentagon said the rift was negatively impacting US military operations.

In a sign of support for Doha, Turkey's parliament on Wednesday approved an agreement to expand the number of troops deployed to a Turkish base in Qatar.

While Tillerson and others have called for an easing of tensions, Trump on Friday said Qatar had "historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level".

Led by Kuwait, mediation efforts are now underway to resolve the crisis, which Gargash said was the result of "an accumulation over many, many years of subversive Qatari politics and support for extremism and terrorist organizations". He said only 16 percent of Qatar's food imports came through the now-closed land border crossing with Saudi Arabia "and it has been replaced already".

  • Larry Hoffman