Qatar says it won't 'surrender' in Gulf row

Elias Hubbard
June 9, 2017

Arab countries at odds with Qatar accuse it of supporting militant groups and advancing their arch-rival Iran's agenda in the region - charges Doha calls baseless. Gargash said Qatar "absolutely" should expel members of Hamas, stop its support of terror groups "with al-Qaida DNA" around the world and rein in the many media outlets it funds, chief among them the Doha-based satellite news network Al-Jazeera. The Associate Press reported he met Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on his arrival Wednesday night.

In a sign of the potential risks to Qatar's economy, S&P Global Ratings cut Qatar's credit rating by one notch to AA- and put it on watch for further downgrades.

Mr Trump said he had told the kings, presidents and prime ministers that funding "Radical Ideology" can't be tolerated, and "Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!" "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" he wrote on the social media site.

In a phone call to the Qatari Emir, Trump offered to help broker peace following the diplomatic rift that emerged Monday when serval Arab nations cut ties with Doha.

On Tuesday, the minister maintained his country was a victim of hacking. "I will only tell you that we have, with regard to our bases there, continued presence in our operations". "Because it was started based on fabricated news, being wedged and being inserted in our national news agency which was hacked and proved by the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

New dates of travel must be within 30 days of the original travel date.

"We have not asked for mediation, we believe this issue can be dealt with among the states of the Gulf Co-operation Council", Mr al-Jubeir said.

Saudi Arabia also closed Qatar's only land border.

"Qataris who study in Saudi, the UAE and Bahrain, we've had information that they were requested to leave immediately and they were not allowed to continue their final semester exams", he added.

They have ordered Qatari citizens and diplomats out of their countries, cut all flights to Qatar and are looking for ways to bar worldwide airlines from flying through their airspace to get to Qatar, which is slated to host to 2022 World Cup.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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