Donald Trump pushes Gulf unity in call with Saudi king

Donald Trump pushes Gulf unity in call with Saudi king

The crisis started in late May 2017, when Qatar's state-run news agency QNA posted remarks attributed to emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani that praised Iran and Israel and disparaged Trump.

Jordan also revoked the license of Doha-based TV channel Al Jazeera, government spokesman Mohammad al Momani said. While he has even held out hopes that a communal effort could pave the way for Israeli-Arab rapprochement, the Qatar crisis serves as a reminder of the region's many fault lines that challenge USA diplomacy.

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen have moved to isolate Qatar, accusing it of harboring extremists and backing Saudi Arabia's regional rival, Iran.

On Monday, Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she was not "aware" whether the president received any word that the Gulf state nations were going to cut ties with Qatar during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia and referred further questions to the State Department.

For the tiny, oil rich nation of Qatar, Al Udeid Air Base, home to more than 10,000 US service members, has always been something of an insurance policy.

There are also deep financial and business links between the two countries based on Qatar's leading role as a gas producer.

The five Arab nations accused the Qatari monarchy of supporting terrorism and responded to the supposedly fake story in part by ending diplomatic relations, cutting off land, air and sea travel to and from the country.

It's also unclear how Trump's broadside would affect the US military presence in Qatar. Qatar has denied the allegations.

The real reason for the rupture between Saudi Arabia and Qatar was the conflicting national policies toward Iran, Lazare explained.

He followed with two additional tweets, saying the action was proof that his meeting with Persian Gulf Arab leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia earlier this month was "already paying off".

He later tweeted: "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" "They said they would take a hard line on funding... extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar".

He appeared to take a more measured tone during a call with Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

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Qatar is a small Middle Eastern country surrounded by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the Persion Gulf.

United States officials say the Russian goal appears to be to cause rifts among the USA and its allies.

Saudi Arabia's central bank advised banks in the kingdom not to trade with Qatari banks in Qatari riyals, banking sources said.

The BBC's Barbara Plett Usher in Washington says Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have all funded extremists in Syria but pulled back under United States pressure, while Qatar, which likes to see itself as a neutral player and potential intermediary, has dealings that are arguably murkier than the others'. Trump's statements on Twitter indicated that he supports the decision and views it as evidence of his trip's success.

"We have no plans to change our posture in Qatar and we would encourage all of our partners to try to work together to reduce tensions".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said he has always been familiar with Qatari leadership, said Tuesday at a press conference in New Zealand that there are a number of issues that have led to the frustration among regional leaders and the ultimate decisions to cut diplomatic ties with Doha.

Al Qassemi, who previously wrote a column describing steps Qatar would need to take, said that the crisis will only escalate if Doha doesn't back down.

On the day of the isolation from Qatar's neighboring countries and others, its main stock exchange dropped as much as 8 percent.

USA and European authorities have complained for years about funding for extremists from Saudi Arabia and other nations in the Gulf region.

THE United Arab Emirates says ex-pat Brits who show any sympathy towards "ISIS-supporting" Qatar can expect up to 15 years in jail.

A group of Jews stormed early Wednesday the west Jerusalem offices of Al-Jazeera, and demanding it be shut down for its "support for terrorist organizations", the network reported.

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