UAE warns sanctions on Qatar could last years

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani called measures to isolate Qatar imposed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and others "an act of aggression", adding that lifting them was a "pre-condition" for talks.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar on June 5 in the worst diplomatic crisis in the region in years.

The group, which raises more than $140 million a year from Christian donors in the United States for Israelis in need, launched an ad campaign against Qatar because of its support for Hamas and its harboring of Hamas leaders.

The White House is facing new pressure Monday to force military ally Qatar to give up support for terror groups that are spoiling President Trump's hopes for peace in the Middle East. Qatar has strenuously rejected the accusations.

Al Baker said he was close to finalising negotiations with Airbus to switch to the rival Leap engine made by CFM, a joint venture of General Electric and Safran.

Riyadh has also sealed its land border with Qatar, geographically isolating the small Gulf peninsula. "Eventually, people will realize that the move they have done against my country was ill-thought out and ill-advised and that life has to come back to normal", he said. "It's a right for all of us to go where we want to go".

In a statement Monday, the Qatar government said those governments were "using terrorism as a publicity stunt".

Earlier this month, Turkey's parliament fast-tracked the approval of a separate agreement with Qatar that allowed troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in the Gulf state.

For Margolis the Saudi-Qatari diplomatic crisis was another example of a U.S. leader, with only comic book knowledge of the region, mucking things up royally.

"You know that, not too long ago, I announced that I was going to increase to twenty-four new destinations", he told Al Jazeera news in an interview.

Later, a number of other countries also announced about severing diplomatic relations with Qatar.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt said Friday they were restricting travel for Qatari owned or registered flights and that there were "no limitations" to worldwide airways.

  • Leroy Wright