Amnesty criticizes Saudi-led measures against Qatar
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 23:39
U.S. President Donald Trump may also have been partly responsible for widening the rift. Qatar said the official news agency which reported the comments was hacked - and on June 6, U.S. officials told CNN that USA investigators believe Russian hackers were behind it. The Kremlin said the dispute was not helping to unite efforts to try to find a Syria settlement or fight terrorism. Non-Gulf countries, more specifically non-Arab countries, should not interfere in it.
He also said that "no one has the right" to pressure Qatar to silence TV network Al-Jazeera, which is based in Doha.
Thani said that Qatar was in contact with global aviation authorities and legal organizations as it tries to fight back against moves by Saudi Arabia and its allies to cut off its land, air, and sea access.
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdulrahman al-Thani said on Monday that Doha "still had no clue" why Arab states had cut ties.
"Sudan and Eritrea for example are members of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, however, they both have very close ties to Qatar", Weber said. Qatar denied all the allegations floated against it as baseless.
While calling on Qatar and the Gulf nations to ease tensions, the United Nations said it is working to resolve the crises.
FILE - In this Monday, June 5, 2017 file photo, provided by Doha News, shoppers stock up on supplies at a supermarket in Doha, Qatar after Saudi Arabia closed its land border with Qatar, through which the tiny Gulf nation imports most of its food.
Additionally, Qatar Airways is now using longer routes to its European and North American destinations, including direct flights to the world's busiest global airport in Atlanta, after Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt barred Qatari flights from their airspace.
The measures against Qatar include the banning of all flights to and from the capital Doha and shutting down the offices of the country's national carrier.
"So far five planes carrying ... vegetables have been sent to Qatar, each carrying around 90 tonnes of cargo, while another plane will be sent today", Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi said.
In what appeared to be a coordinated move, foreign office officials alleged Qatar was responsible for supporting the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda "at all levels" in an unprecedented diplomatic spat for the Gulf region.
Qatar's financial markets stabilised on Monday after a week of losses as the government showed it had ways to keep the economy running in the face of sanctions by other Gulf states.