Published: Пн, Июня 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Qatar hits out at neighbours as Arab rift enters third week

Qatar hits out at neighbours as Arab rift enters third week

Arab nations including Saudi Arabia and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremism, in the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the region in years.

"Qatar has been very busy, especially since 2011, since the onset of Arab uprisings but before that too, developing relations with basically everybody in the Middle East", Juneau said.

H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Mohamud Silanyo's tour on Friday to the UAE comes shortly after the state took the stance on the GCC tug-of war which is formidably led by the Saudis hence sided by Arab countries against Qatar.

Iran has urged its Gulf neighbours to engage in a dialogue to resolve their dispute. The maneuvers have been planned for a while, as was the $12 billion (10.7 billion-euro) purchase of American F-15 fighter jets - which was also announced Wednesday in Washington, DC.

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.

On Wednesday, two United States navy vessels arrived in Doha to take part in a joint military exercise with the Qatari emiri navy.

Turkey and Qatar had previously signed a joint defense agreement, and Turkish authorities have been in the process of setting up a military base in the Gulf country. The rest of its 2.7 million population are foreign migrant workers, mostly manual labourers employed on vast construction projects that have crowned the tiny desert peninsula with skyscrapers as well as stadiums for the 2022 soccer world cup. But it so far has avoided economic collapse by quickly finding alternative routes.

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Reconciliation between Qatar and its neighbours is becoming increasingly hard, with the peninsular state seemingly unwilling to back down or concede accusations that it supports terrorism.

"They are still in the base but likely to leave within the next two days".

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain later banned Al Jazeera from being aired in tourist destinations, with violators facing fines and even imprisonment.

He praised Qatar's efforts and support for Turkey during "difficult times", adding that this calls for solidarity with Qatar and "returning the favor".

"The humanitarian impact of the blockade is real", he said.

"Although the kingdom is a party in this crisis, we know that King Salman is a party in resolving it", the Turkish minister said.

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