Trump Offers to Mediate Qatar's Diplomatic Crisis

Trump Offers to Mediate Qatar's Diplomatic Crisis

Trump Offers to Mediate Qatar's Diplomatic Crisis

Mr Trump's stern warning overshadowed an earlier declaration from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - who had also urged Saudi Arabia and its allies to ease their land and sea "blockade" of Qatar.

"The president offered to help the parties resolve their differences, including through a meeting at the White House if necessary".

Since then, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain and Egypt have severed diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar. Like that of Berlin. A declaration of war. "We need to put everything in check".

Bahrain's foreign minister will visit Turkey on Saturday and meet with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to discuss recent developments in the region, the Turkish foreign ministry said.

Access to the Qatar Airways website had also been blocked by the UAE's telecommunications Regulatory Authority by early Thursday afternoon.

Trump's Tuesday tweet - in which he said "all reference was pointing to Qatar" as a financer of extremism - was especially surprising given Qatar's role as host of the largest USA airbase in the Middle East.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: President Donald Trump has spoken by phone with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani.

Tillerson told reporters at the State Department that the crisis, which has cut transportation links and trade, had begun hurting ordinary people in Qatar, and that it was impairing business dealings and harming the USA battle against the Islamic State militant group.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel called for diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis.

In the meantime, Qatar's neighbours kept up a drumbeat of criticism and warnings. On Wednesday, Turkey and Iran announced they are planning an airlift campaign to supply Qatar with food and water.

Remarks from President Donald Trump on twitter seem to suggest tacit recognition - if not support - for the actions taken.

Saudi Arabia and others cut ties with Qatar this week, accusing it of supporting extremists.

The call with Qatar's emir showed Trump trying to personally involve himself in resolving the conflict.

"Qatar has been double dealing for years,"Schanzer said". Qatar's emir has said such a view is a big mistake.

But in some of the strongest comments related to those efforts by a senior Gulf Arab official, Bahrain's Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa reportedly told the newspaper that it doubted whether Qatar would change its behavior. Add to this the fact that Qatar maintains excellent political and trade relations with Iran.

In a sign of the economic damage from the dispute, Standard & Poor's downgraded Qatar's debt on Wednesday as the country's riyal currency fell to an 11-year low amid signs that portfolio investment funds were flowing out because of the rift.

With these naïve and uninformed words, the president of the United States endorsed a Saudi-led initiative to (i) name Qatar the financier of ISIS and terrorism generally, (ii) to institute an embargo of the tiny nation, something that is an act of war and with USA blessing, and (iii) give Qatar a 24-hour ultimatum to do as told.

"You can not rule out further measures".

Regional tensions, already high following the diplomatic dispute, ratcheted up further after militants attacked targets in Tehran on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people. So, on one hand, he sides with that Saudi Arabia which has spread and fuelled the real feeding ground of that terrorism around the world, namely Wahhabi Islamic radicalism; on the other, picks on Iran which is not spreading that terrorism if for no other reason than jihadism is Sunni while the Iranian state is Shiite.

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