Qatar says no expulsions of nationals from countries that cut ties

Adjust Comment Print

"The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level, and in the wake of that conference (the recent conference of Muslims countries in Riyadh that he attended), nations came together and spoke to me about confronting Qatar over its behaviour".

"Do we take the easy road or do we take a hard but necessary action?" he said.

He added that the discord is solved by dialogue, emphasizing that the GCC is the best place for such talks.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain announced on Monday they were cutting diplomatic ties and closing all connectivity links with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

He added that Turkey would continue its efforts to resolve the dispute as Qatar faces isolation imposed by fellow Arab states over its alleged support for terrorism.

After meetings with Mr Trump and his top national security officials, Rex Tillerson called for de-escalation and dialogue, and said the crisis was "hindering United States military action in the region, and the campaign against ISIL".

"Our president has also stressed the need to resolve this upsetting issue before the end of Ramadan, as it is against our religion, beliefs, and traditions, especially during the month of Ramadan", Cavusoglu said. It said a Turkish delegation would go to Qatar in the coming days to assess the situation at the base.

Despite Tillerson's assessment that the fight against ISIS had been impacted, Pentagon officials said there has been no immediate disruption.

Unpredictable as always, Mr Trump's comments cut two ways: He seemed to undermine Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has thrown himself into an effort to mediate a resolution to the bitter row between Qatar and several of its neighbours, chiefly Saudi Arabia.

The United Arab Emirates welcomed "President Trump´s leadership in challenging Qatar´s troubling support for extremism". "Fighting terrorism and extremism is no longer a choice, rather. a commitment requiring decisive and swift action to cut off all funding sources for terrorism regardless of its financier", the Saudi Press Agency cited an official source as saying.

Qatar hired Ashcroft Law Firm for 90 days, agreeing to pay it $2.5 million to help the Persian Gulf nation comply with USA money laundering and counterterrorism financing regulations, and to stress its efforts to combat global terrorism, according to disclosures filed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.