Qatar won't back down in face of pressure: minister


"Turkish troops are coming to Qatar for the sake of the securıty of the entire region", Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told the press on Thursday, as cited by Hurriyet.

Asian football officials are monitoring the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and other Arab states, hoping to minimise the impact on global competitions being played in the Gulf region.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain announced on Monday they were cutting diplomatic ties and closing air, sea and land links with Qatar, giving Qataris within their borders two weeks to leave. "I addressed a summit of more than 50 Arab and Muslim leaders, a unique meeting in the history of nations, where key players in the region agreed to stop supporting terrorism, whether it be financial, military or even moral support", Trump said.

He emphasized that Moscow does not want to interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries or bilateral relations between them, but situation around Qatar raises concerns in Russian Federation and therefore Moscow stands for dialogue to settle disagreements between the Arab countries.

US President Donald Trump on Friday accused Qatar's leadership of bankrolling extremists and demanded a halt to that funding, as the diplomatic stand-off between the Gulf emirate and its neighbours escalated.

For all its flippancy and risk-taking, Qatar's foreign policy did provide some gray zones and safe harbors in this conflict; it defused some crises, helped free hostages, offered a figment of a third way.

Kuwait - which unlike most of its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members has not cut off ties with Qatar - has been leading efforts to mediate.

President Recep Erdogan of Turkey has ratified legislation, which were fast-tracked by its parliament, to deploy Turkish troops to Qatar. Though Trump again said countries must eliminate funding streams for terror groups, the White House said he focused on the need for the region's various United States allies to stick together. They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar.

Asked about the impact of the measures taken this week against Qatar, Al-Thani said his country could survive "forever", adding that Qatar respected worldwide agreements and would continue to supply liquefied natural gas - its top export - to the United Arab Emirates.

Analysts say the crisis is an extension of a pre-existing dispute which saw Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain temporarily recall their ambassadors from Doha in 2014 over Qatari support for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. "Whatever has been thrown as an accusation is all based on misinformation and we think that the entire crisis is being based on misinformation", he told CNN.

The UAE is threatening up to 15 years in jail and a fine of more than $130,000 for anyone who expresses sympathy for Qatar on social media, the AP reports.

Qatar said Friday that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke to its foreign minister and discussed the crisis, without offering specifics.



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