US Envoy to Qatar to Quit as Crisis Intensifies

UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba said Tuesday that the United States should consider moving its air base out of Qatar and urged Donald Trump administration to use its leverage to further pressure Qatar.

Smith was appointed as the USA envoy to Qatar in 2014 by then United States president Barack Obama. It has denied supporting militant groups and described the crisis as being fueled by "absolute fabrications" stemming from a recent hack of its state-run news agency.

A war against Qatar would be wildly complicated, and likely wholly impractical, because of the presence of 11,000 U.S. troops deployed inside Qatar.

The current crisis in the Gulf is said to be the gravest that the Gulf Cooperation Council has faced in its almost four decades of existence, although Qatar's relations with Saudi and some other Arab neighbours have not always been good.

According to Turkish Ambassador to Qatar Ahmet Demirok, about 3,000 soldiers of the ground forces, servicemen of the country's air forces and navy, as well as instructors and special forces, will be deployed on the base in Qatar.

Jubeir says Qatar can move goods in and out "whenever they want".

The U.S. already has some troops in the UAE.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday said Iraq rejects isolation of any state in the Gulf region, calling for cooperation to halt financing terrorism.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE cut diplomatic ties with Qatar citing Doha's alleged support of terrorism.

It also helped mediate a peace deal.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 13 criticised several Arab countries for economically and politically isolating Qatar, branding their actions as inhumane and un-Islamic. He said al-Jazeera, the Qatari-backed television network that has drawn particular consternation from Qatar's neighbors, would likely be on the list of issues Qatar address would have to address.

"That's not going to happen", Otaiba said.

In a tweet on Monday, the carrier said it "welcomes Saudi employees working on Qatar Airways Airbus A320, and invites anyone with the desire to join flynas and work among its crew", said a report in The Economic Times.

"On the Western side, the same type of activity is being undertaken, again abusing the diplomatic hospitality of our other neighbour", he said, without elaborating.

  • Leroy Wright