Qatar withdraws peacekeepers from Djibouti-Eritrea border

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Qatar withdraws peacekeepers from Djibouti-Eritrea border

The crisis erupted late last month over fears that Qatar was trying to improve its ties with Iran, which Saudi Arabia and its allies wanted to be isolated. "The ports are open, the airports are open", Al-Jubeir said while standing next to Tillerson in the Benjamin Franklin room.

Nevertheless, Al Baker said it is "business as usual" for state-owned Qatar Airways "with the vast majority of flights operating as scheduled".

According to the news outlet, Al-Sisi has not received a response to his suggestion. In an effort to find a solution, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be visiting Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey in the coming days.

Egypt's desire to escalate the matter with Turkey follows Erdogan's sharp criticisms of the current Egyptian regime since the overthrow of the first democratically elected President, Mohamed Morsi, was ousted in a military coup. Several other countries, including Chad and Senegal, recalled their ambassadors from Doha, while Jordan and Djibouti said they would lower their level of diplomatic contact with Qatar. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the blockade inhumane and contrary to Islamic values, comparing it to a "death sentence".

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain are among few other countries that announced suspension of all ties to Qatar last week over states alleged support for extremist groups and its political proximity to Shiite Iran. Saudi Arabia has also revoked Al Jazeera's operating license.

In statements quoted by the Pan-Arabic TV station Al-Mayadeen and the website, he noted that "although Iraq disagrees with Qatar's policies in the region, it just wants to end the crisis in the Persian Gulf".

Qatar hosts the biggest US military base in the Middle East with 11,000 troops deployed to or assigned to al Udeid Air Base.

Bahrain and the UAE have also banned expressions of sympathy for Qatar.

Later on Tuesday, the UAE ambassador to the United States, which has an air base in Qatar, said there was no military component to the steps taken against Doha. The Saudi monarch asked Sharif to take a clear position on Qatar during their meeting in Jeddah on Monday, The Express Tribune reported, citing diplomatic sources.

Mixed messages from the United States, an ally to all parties in the crisis, also has appeared to complicate diplomacy in a crisis that has reverberated across the Middle East and beyond.

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