Qatar vows no surrender in Gulf crisis as US, Kuwait seek solution

The announcement came a day after Senegal recalled its envoy from Doha, citing its "active solidarity" with Saudi Arabia.

The other countries accuse Qatar of supporting regional terrorist groups, allegations denied by Doha.

One such demand was to shut down Al Jazeera, which has been perceived as the foreign policy instrument of the Qatari Emir.

But there have been few signs of progress as officials from Qatar and its Arab neighbours in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) pursue shuttle diplomacy.

With India having strategic energy interests in the region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made important bilateral visits over the last three years to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iran. Qatar is also accused of supporting Shia militants in eastern Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Ankara hosted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif this week for talks, including on Qatar. "Many travelers and corporate accounts could blacklist Qatar Airways", said Leeham Co analyst Bjorn Fehrm.

Saudi Arabia and its close allies in the region moved against Qatar, cutting off sea and air travel and moving to isolate their fellow sunni Gulf country.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and several other countries cut their ties with Doha on Monday in part because of comments posted briefly on the Qatar News Agency's website on May 23.

Tillerson, speaking at the State Department, said the USA would help support efforts to mediate the crisis, along with Kuwait - another Gulf country that has stepped up to try to broker a resolution.

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. Saudi Arabia also closed Qatar's only land border.

Asked if Qatar could say anything to reassure its Gulf opponents, Ghobas replied: "It is true it will be hard in the long run if they agree to sign another document and then decide to drag it out for many months or years and to continue to fund extremist groups".

In his second intervention in the dispute in as many days, Trump urged action against terrorism in a call with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, a White House statement said, suggesting a meeting at the White House "if necessary".

Sources said there should be no immediate sense of panic or shortage as Qatar is well stocked.

Ankara also has cordial relations with Iran, whose top diplomat was in Turkey on Wednesday to discuss regional issues including the over six-year Syrian conflict.

As the crisis deepened, Kuwaiti Emir Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah flew to Qatar Wednesday night with a set of Saudi Arabian proposals aimed at deescalating tensions.

Like most other businessmen, he declined to be named when talking about Qatar because of political sensitivities.

It said that Trump, in a later call with Abu Dhabi's crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, called for unity among Gulf Arabs "but never at the expense of eliminating funding for radical extremism or defeating terrorism".

Tiny Qatar is the world's No. 1 exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

On Wednesday, Turkey's parliament ratified two deals on deploying troops to Qatar and training the Gulf nation's security forces.

  • Leroy Wright