Saudi Arabia and allies hail Trump warning to Qatar
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 6:12
India on Saturday said it is closely monitoring the situation in the Gulf where several countries led by Saudi Arabia have cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar and that the countries have assured continued support for the welfare and well-being of the large Indian diaspora.
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2017.
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said Saturday that Qatar crisis could turn into a global problem if tension goes up.
Trump's comments came after his top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, appealed to Saudi Arabia and its regional allies to ease their blockade of Qatar, saying it is hindering U.S. military actions in the region and the fight against the Islamic State terror group.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain welcomed on Saturday Trump's demand for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism, but did not respond to the USA department of state call for them to ease pressure on the Gulf state.
Qatar shares control of a vast underwater gas field with Iran, which lies on the other side of the Persian Gulf.
In reference to Tillerson's comments on the blockade, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday in Istanbul it "should be lifted completely".
In addition to humanitarian concerns, Tillerson also highlighted the commercial and military implications of the blockade.
The tough USA line was a rebuff for Qatar's efforts to reach out for support from overseas.
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani was in Moscow today after talks in Germany yesterday. "We are in favour of resolving any disagreements through. dialogue", Lavrov said.
The United Arab Emirates praised Trump's "leadership in challenging Qatar's troubling support for extremism" in a separate statement released on Friday.
Included on the "terrorist" list were the Egyptian leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Yousef al-Qaradawi, and 12 Qatari-funded charities.
The crisis is drawing in more countries.
At least seven countries have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over its alleged support of terrorism. Aircraft that fly out of Qatar - including fighter jets, drones and refueling planes - can be relocated to a number of other bases in the region including in Iraq, Turkey, Kuwait and Bahrain and off aircraft carriers, the officials said.