Riyadh says no to Turkish military base

Joanna Estrada
June 19, 2017

The announcement that the online accounts were back came around an hour after first reports that some of Al-Jazeera's Twitter accounts had been blocked.

According to the Centre for Aviation (CAPA), Qatar Airways was on average operating 25 flights per day to the UAE, 20 flights per day to Saudi Arabia and six daily flights to Bahrain prior to the suspension.

Ankara is at the forefront of efforts to defuse a diplomatic crisis that led Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain, as well as Egypt and other countries, to sever ties with Qatar, which is a strong ally of Ankara.

Earlier this month Saudi Arabia and several of its allies cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremist groups, including some backed by Iran. He added that Qatar should respond to worldwide and regional calls that request it to stop its support to extremism and terrorism. "I would say it is a list of grievances that need to be addressed and that Qataris need to fix", Al-Jubeir added.

Days after President Donald Trump said that Qatar funds terrorism, his administration signed a $12 billion deal to sell three dozen F-15 fight jets to the small Gulf Coast country.

Qatari special forces on patrol in Doha.

Qatar hosts the biggest United States military base in the Middle East, with more than 11,000 troops in Al-Udeid air base, where more than 100 aircraft operate from there.

Asked by Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency if the talks had found a solution, Cavusoglu replied: "No".

"We have intelligence that Saudi Arabia is actively engaged in promoting terrorist groups operating on the eastern side of Iran in Baluchistan", Zarif said. The visit comes after holding talks in Kuwait with his counterpart Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al Sabah Thursday to push mediation efforts.

Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera said the Twitter account for its main Arabic-language channel was temporarily "suspended" on Saturday, June 17, in the latest incident at the station, AFP reports.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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