Trump slams Qatar for funding terror as Tillerson urges calm

Lydia Fleming
June 22, 2017

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) yesterday tightened the squeeze on fellow Gulf nation Qatar threatening anyone publishing expressions of sympathy toward it with up to 15 years in prison, and barring entry to Qataris.

On Monday, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE severed diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and their arch-foe Iran, charges Qatar says are baseless. During my trips to Saudi Arabia over the past three years, I was repeatedly asked whether recent USA disinterest was merely indicative of the Obama administration, or whether it suggested a larger United States trend. It includes sponsoring the Al-Jazeera television network, which has been critical of Saudi allies.

"But you have to be able to tell your friend or your brother when they are doing the right thing and when they are doing the wrong thing". There is certainly more than an idiosyncratic streak to the al-Thani dynasty in Qatar.

The two leaders also agreed on the importance of all countries implementing agreements recently reached at a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to fight terrorism, counter extremism, and stop the funding of terrorist groups, the statement said. Erdogan, who has long tried to play the role of a regional power broker, said Ankara would do everything in its power to help end the regional crisis.

"Qatar for many years has taken steps to support certain organisations and intervened in situations", Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Wednesday. Qatar was also expelled from a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

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Emirati officials said they perceived Trump's tweets as a sign Qatar shouldn't count on America taking its side despite US having some 10,000 troops based in the country's al-Udeid Air Base.

"We expect that economic growth will slow, not just through reduced regional trade, but as corporate profitability is damaged because regional demand is cut off, investment is hampered and investment confidence wanes", S&P said.

When it comes time to approve the large arms-sales package to Saudi Arabia, Congress should measure the health of the new partnership in large part by the extent to which the two nations are working together in both the formulation and execution of strategy. The main Saudi index was little changed on the week; Qatar's fell more than 7%.

"This is a foreign policy that gone wild", state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash told AFP.

Yet Tillerson's plea to Qatar's neighbors to pull back their efforts to isolate the tiny gas-rich nation marked a shift from previous statements by the Trump administration.

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As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tries to heal a deep rift among Arab partners, President Trump seems to be upping the ante.

"Qatar could begin the process of exiting from the group", said Karasik.

The bilateral relationship suffered significantly under the Barack Obama administration, which sought to position the USA as a neutral broker in the feud between the Arab Gulf states and Iran.

India believes that peace and security in the Gulf are of paramount importance for the continued progress and prosperity of the countries in the region.

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