Qatar signs $12 bln deal to buy F-15 jets from US

The Saudi Press Agency accused Qatari officials of repeatedly violating "their worldwide obligations and the agreements they signed under the umbrella of the Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States to cease hostilities against [Saudi Arabia] and stand against terrorist activities".

The department of cyber crime referred a case to the public prosecutor's office in which "a person of interest had posted comments to social networks that constitute a violation" of a ban against sympathizing with boycott-hit Qatar, said attorney general Ahmed al-Hammadi, head of Bahrain's Terrorist Crimes Commission.

"Nevertheless, in order to placate Saudi Arabia, Pakistan offered to use its influence over Qatar to defuse the situation".

The state-run Anadolu news agency said that Cavusoglu would on Thursday travel on to Kuwait ─ which is also seeking to solve the crisis ─ before on Friday holding talks with Saudi King Salman in Saudi Arabia.

The Qatari defence ministry issued a statement on Wednesday hailing the F-15 deal.

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and a number of other countries severed relations with Qatar earlier this month, accusing it of supporting armed groups and Iran - allegations Qatar has repeatedly rejected.

Davis also refused to weigh in on whether he views Qatar as a "supporter of terrorism", saying that he is not "the right person" to make a judgement.

Zeid Raad al-Hussein, the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that moves by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to punish Qatar were a serious concern and he was alarmed by its possible consequences.

Eritrea's top diplomat to the African Union, Araya Desta, told The Associated Press the move came after Eritrea cut diplomatic ties to Qatar.

Turkey sent its foreign minister to Qatar on Wednesday as part of a drive to fix the rift with fellow Gulf Arab states. Cavusoglu will also visit Saudi Arabia following his visit to Qatar. The measures against Qatar, which has a population of 2.7 million people but vast gas wealth, have disrupted imports of food and other materials and caused some foreign banks to scale back business.

"If I was betting now, I would suggest this is going to go on for a very long time", Roberts said of the crisis.

He said Kuwait is now the main mediator in solving the Qatar crisis.

"We continue to be grateful to the Qataris for their longstanding support for our presence and their enduring commitment to regional security", Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said on June 8 in a closed briefing.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned that the increasing diplomatic tension between Qatar and its Arab neighbours is leading to operational problems in the region.

  • Leroy Wright