Qatar in talks with Turkey and Iran to provide food, water

Olive Rios
June 10, 2017

Trump's call to the Qatari emir comes a day after the President spoke by telephone with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdelaziz and expressed to him the importance of unity against terrorism in the Persian Gulf.

"We have been isolated because we are successful and progressive".

"For us, this (extremist funding is) a critical issue and there is no turning back to the status quo".

"We are not ready to surrender, and will never be ready to surrender the independence of our foreign policy", he said.

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies may have felt emboldened to move against Qatar by Trump's visit last month to Riyadh, which saw the president clearly align United States interests with the kingdom and lash out at Iran. Emirates and Flydubai followed suit.

"We are in talks with Turkey and Iran and other countries", the official said on condition of anonymity.

In a September 1963 cable from the American Consul in the Saudi city of Dhahran to the Department of State, the subject of settling the Saudi Arabia-Qatar border was treated as a problem akin to noticing they'd switched Tupperware after a potluck ...

Media captionThe economic disruption could have an impact on Qatar if the dispute drags on. Qatar has rejected the charge as "unjustified" and "baseless".

Qatar has said it will not retaliate against the curbs. Those involved in the restrictions include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, Mauritius and the Maldives.

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

"The President underscored that a united Gulf Cooperation Council is critical to defeating terrorism and promoting regional stability", the document said.

The Qatari foreign minister said he still did not understand what the accusations against Doha were all about. Not this time. And that means Qatar will most likely give in.

"The feeling here is that it is going to take a while to fix".

"After the Tamim speech, things went up an extra notch", a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, of the UAE's ruling family, took things a step further Wednesday when he suggested a change in leadership in Qatar and the shutting down or censoring of Al-Jazeera.

"We are in talks with Turkey and Iran and other countries", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject, adding that the supplies would be brought in through Qatar Airways cargo flights. It warned it could further lower Qatar's rating "if additional or more severe restrictions from either Saudi Arabia and the group of states, or from additional trade partners, are announced".

Two weeks after an alleged cyber attack on Qatar's state news agency resulted in the publishing of a fake news story, the Qatari-funded broadcasting company Al-Jazeera claims that the company's "websites and digital platforms" are being targeted in "systematic and continual hacking attempts." They need to make a decision; they can't have it both ways.

Newspapers and television channels in the region have also been engaged in a war of words over Qatar.

His government hopes this "unfortunate phase will be overcome and the crisis will be resolved on solid grounds that guarantee that all Arab states cooperate to build a better future for our people". "Are we living really in the 21st century?" But he added that Qatar knew what it needed to do to restore normal relations.

Qatar long has denied funding extremists, and its foreign minister has struck a defiant tone in interviews, even after anxious residents emptied grocery stores in its capital of Doha.

And then there is Qatar's support for the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood, a pan-Arab organisation regarded as a menace by the Gulf monarchies.

He said no proof of any wrongdoing "has been presented to Qatar yet".

English edition of Asharq Al-Awsat - the world's premier pan-Arab daily.

He mentioned his visit to Saudi Arabia last month, where he called on a gathering of Arab and Muslim leaders to isolate Iran and to cut off funding for extremist groups.

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