Trump and Tillerson Take Different Tones On Dealing With Qatar
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 5:39
"Erdogan has called for dialogue and negotiation among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to ease the unprecedented diplomatic crisis that has erupted after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed diplomatic ties and traffic links with the resource-rich emirate, accusing Doha of sponsoring and funding terrorist organisations.U.S. President Donald Trump, who initially offered to host a White House meeting to resolve the prevailing Gulf crisis, also attacked Doha, accusing the monarchy of sponsoring terrorism".
"Their authorities have assured us continued support for welfare and well-being of the resident Indian communities", it stated.
On Friday, Tillerson called on Saudia Arabia, which is leading the blockade, to ease off.
The time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding - they have to end that funding - and its extremist ideology."The Turkey Parliament passed a legislation on Wednesday permitting the deployment of troops to a Turkish military base in Qatar". He warned that the Persian Gulf crisis is hindering USA efforts to fight the Islamic State group.
Trump had accused Qatar of being a "high level" funder of terrorism on Friday, even as the Pentagon and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cautioned against the military, commercial and humanitarian effects of a blockade imposed by Arab states and others. The State Department had said the US learned only at the last minute about the Arab nations' plan to cut ties. We believe these are unintended consequences, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.
He said the diplomatic rift has not interrupted or curtailed operations at al Udeid air base, a launching pad for USA military efforts in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
Iran - the main regional rival of Saudi Arabia - sent four cargo planes of food to Qatar and plans to provide 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetables every day, Iranian officials said on Sunday, amid concerns of shortages.
Qatar's neighbours have also criticised it for allegedly supporting groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.
"Qatar has a history of supporting groups that span the spectrum of political expression, from activism to violence", Tillerson said.
The spat has led to one of the worst Gulf crises in decades, with suspended flights and regional ports closed to Qatari ships.
Amnesty International has said that the Gulf states opposed to Qatar were "toying" with people.