Tillerson skips OAS meeting to focus on Gulf crisis

Tillerson skips OAS meeting to focus on Gulf crisis

The Pentagon said the sale would give Qatar "a state of the art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability" between Doha and Washington.

He urged a speedy resolution of the dispute through dialogue and to this end called for a mediated settlement, through the efforts of the Kuwaiti government.

Qatar denies the allegations but its ties to Iran and embrace of various Islamist groups have put the country under intense scrutiny. The F-15 deal could give Qatar the sense that it can defy its Gulf neighbors and still enjoy a good relationship with the US, despite Trump's own statements that he backs the Saudi position. Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor who helped the US locate Bin Laden, was later sentenced to 33 years in prison for treason.

As if to confirm that assessment, on Thursday U.S. Navy ships began a training exercise with the Qatari Navy, sending two warships to begin maneuvers there.

Qatari authorities have prosecuted five people accused by the U.S. and the United Nations (UN) of financing terrorists-and who were also named by Saudi Arabia and its allies as part of the bloc's justification for isolating the tiny Gulf nation since last week.

Qatar faces various travel and economic sanctions from its neighbouring countries and these sanctions will go a long way in stifling construction processes.

Qatar on Thursday said that preparations for the 2022 World Cup were unhindered, having secured alternative supplies of construction materials to those that had been coming by land from Saudi Arabia.

Merri said his committee was urging Saudi Arabia and its allies to lift their sanctions, and was calling on the global community to pressure them to do so. It has forced us to assert that no other nation can dictate to the United States how we will address such disputes.

It wasn't until years later that the US and Pakistan resumed military cooperation. In November, under the administration of former President Barack Obama, the United States approved a possible sale of up to 72 F-15QA aircraft to Qatar for $21.1 billion.

"The Secretary of State will continue his efforts to de-escalate tensions in the Middle East region through in-person meetings and phone conversations with Gulf and regional leaders", the department said. Its military is tiny next to those of its neighbors, and U.S. Central Command isn't there to defend its host.

Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi was quoted as saying that, as of Sunday, five planes had shipped 90 tons of food to Qatar, adding the sixth plane was due to fly late Sunday night. I'm anxious less about escalation, and more about isolation of Qatar.

According to the message, Cavusoglu will visit Riyadh on June 16, and he will have a meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Six African states have backed the Saudi stance.

On Wednesday 14th June, Djibouti reduced its level of diplomatic relations with Qatar over the regional diplomatic crisis. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) asked Tina Kaidanow, acting assistant secretary of State for political-military affairs, at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing.

"The shipment, including ten 40-foot fridge containers weighing 180 tonnes, was sent to Qatar from the Lengeh port by a landing craft", said the director of the Ports and Shipping Department of Hormozgan province.



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