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Qatar hits out at neighbours as Arab rift enters third week

19 Juin 2017

The timing of both events, however, sends a very clear signal: America is standing by its ally Qatar's side during the largest diplomatic crisis the Gulf region has seen in years.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Egypt have sought the support of the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the stance the coalition of the Arab countries against Qatar.

The channel posted a video on its website of a column of armoured personnel carriers moving through streets.

Turkey has said it will deploy 3,000 ground troops at the base, primarily to serve as a venue for joint training exercises.

The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) does not plan to take any action against Saudi Arabian, United Arab Emirates or Bahraini firms in response to their governments' sanctions against Qatar, the QFC's chief executive told reporters on Monday.

But Iqbal Jassat's freaky charge that Israel is behind the Saudi-led boycott of Qatar has taken things to an altogether new level.

The Saudi foreign minister also highlighted that the Iranian regime continues to ignite violence by intervening in the affairs of various countries in the region, supporting terrorist groups in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, and planting Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Syria and Iraq in blatant violation of global laws and norms.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt broke diplomatic relations with Qatar and implemented a series of economic reprisals after claiming that Doha funded terrorist groups.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani decried the blockade last week but said his country was open to a diplomatic solution.

Relations between the two countries are at their worst in years. Earlier this week, he met with the Emirati and Saudi foreign ministers in Washington. So far, the dispute between Doha and nations led by Saudi Arabia has yet to shake that partnership, though cracks are showing in the responses from the USA administration.

"These companies are suffering great losses due to the blockade imposed on Qatar, which put them in a significantly critical situation resulting from the unstudied decision taken by their government", the daily explained.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday held talks in #Kuwait to push mediation efforts aimed at resolving a standoff between a Saudi-led alliance and Qatar. Qatar has always been seen as an individually focused state assuming its own policy course and going against the common policies of the other GCC states.

Qatar hits out at neighbours as Arab rift enters third week