As Tillerson calls for calm, Trump calls out Qatar on terror

  • As Tillerson calls for calm, Trump calls out Qatar on terror

As Tillerson calls for calm, Trump calls out Qatar on terror

Aerial view of Doha, Qatar. "I hope so", UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash wrote on Twitter in reaction to Kuwait saying Qatar was ready to listen to the grievances. Davis said the diplomatic rift has not interrupted or curtailed operations at al-Udeid air base, a launching pad for USA military efforts in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

- Senegal announces a recall of its ambassador to Qatar and expresses its "active solidarity" with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries which have cut ties with Qatar.

The row erupted on Monday when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain moved to isolate Qatar over its support for Islamist and terrorist groups. Paris has growing economic and security ties with Doha.

French President Emmanuel Macron has also reached out to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Iran in a bid to kick off negotiations.

The Gulf nations have cut air and land access to Qatar, with some moving to close their airspace to flights on the way to Qatar, but U.S. military officials said their operations continue without interruption.

"This rocks their image of being the "Switzerland of the Middle East", he said. Jordan and Djibouti downgraded the status of their diplomatic missions.

It is a time of crisis, or at least near-crisis, in the Persian Gulf. He is and someone I have long relied on to help me make sense of tangled middle eastern politics. Going down the drain fast and furious each day this crisis continues.

Russia denied Wednesday it hacked the agency after a CNN report quoted anonymous United States officials saying they suspected Russian hackers. What factors, in your opinion, played the biggest role in catalyzing this crisis? The New York Times quotes Gerd Nonneman, professor of global relations at Georgetown University-Qatar campus, who says that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and British intelligence have no doubt that this was fake news as a result of a hack. The countries also said they would eject Qatar's diplomats. He says Qatar has taken steps to address that concern but must do more.

But there have been few signs of progress as officials from Qatar and its Arab neighbours in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) pursue shuttle diplomacy. Qatar's neighbors have also criticized Qatar for allegedly supporting groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

Tillerson said the US was asking Qatar to "be responsive to the concerns of its neighbours".

How might Iran respond to this situation?

All that changed on Wednesday as gunmen and suicide bombers from IS killed 12 people when they assaulted the Iranian parliament and a symbolic shrine to Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of the Iranian revolution. Russian Federation has denied the allegation. So far nothing has been stopped or delayed, but the risks are clear and present.

Iran has urged Qatar and neighbouring Gulf countries to engage in dialogue to resolve their dispute.

In an apparent escalation of the crisis, staff at Al Jazeera, Qatar's influential satellite television news channel which often infuriates the rulers of the Arab world, said its computer systems had come under cyber attack.Riyadh, Cairo and their allies accuse Qatar, the world's richest country per capita, of supporting militant Islamist movements across the region.