Arab states to 'accept nothing but deep changes' in Qatar

The three Sunni Gulf countries - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE - along with Egypt accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region because of its ties to their Shiite rival, Iran, and its support for groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

U.S. President Donald Trump once again accused Qatar on June 9 of being "a funder of terrorism at a very high level", while a group of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia on June 8 issued a list of Qatar-linked people and organizations it said were "terrorists" as they ratcheted up their boycott of the peninsular state.

Tillerson told reporters at the State Department that the crisis, which has cut transportation links and trade, had begun to hurt ordinary people in Qatar, impaired business dealings and harmed the us battle against the Islamic State militant group.

In a tweet sent out early on Monday morning, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "Protecting national security from threats of terrorism and extremism, Saudi Arabia has made a decision to sever diplomatic and consular relations with the State of Qatar".

"They said they would take a hard line on funding. extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar". We're seeing shortages of food; families are being forcibly separated; and children pulled out of school. The blockade also impairs business activity in the region and has hindered USA military operations to fight the so-called Islamic State.

In a phone call with the Qatari Emir, Trump extended an olive branch, offering to help the parties resolve their differences by inviting them to a White House meeting if necessary.

Saudi Arabia then cited the false item as part of its reason for instituting a diplomatic and economic blockade against Qatar, the report said.

And the emir of Kuwait has met with two top United Arab Emirates officials to attempt to mediate the situation, the wire service says.

It added that a Turkish delegation would be going to Qatar in the coming days to assess the situation at the base, where around 90 Turkish soldiers are now based. "The time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding".

"Strict and firm action will be taken against anyone who shows sympathy or any form of bias towards Qatar, or against anyone who objects to the position of the United Arab Emirates, whether it be through the means of social media, or any type of written, visual or verbal form", Gulf News quoted Shamsi as saying in the statement.

Qatar is regional headquarters for U.S. Central Command and home to some 10,000 American troops, as NPR's Scott Horsley has reported.

Then on Friday, Mr Gabriel spoke to Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in the northern German town of Wolfenbuettel.

"There has been no impact on our operations either in Qatar or with regards to airspace permission around it and we don't anticipate there will be", Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said on Tuesday.

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