Al-Jazeera Arabic Twitter account 'suspended'

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There has been speculation that closure of Al-Jazeera could help end the diplomatic crisis which erupted last month between Qatar and its neighbours in the Gulf over its alleged support of extremists. The network said on June 8 it was combating a large-scale cyber attack but that all its entities remained in operation.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain have cut all diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing it of backing terrorism.

Qatar denied the accusations, calling the moves to diplomatically isolate it "unjustified".

The countries accused Qatar of supporting terrorists and sectarian groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic State and al-Qaeda. When it is becoming obvious that the very objective of Riyadh summit and the so-called IMA was to isolate Iran and now Qatar, Pakistan must seek an immediate withdrawal from that alliance before it is too late and the sectarian divide in the Gulf destabilises the state and society of Pakistan.

Jubeir did not detail what complaints could be made, but added that they will be presented "very soon". Disruption [by others] will not stop because the truth terrifies them.

"Trump has been tweeting and expressing on some occasions very clear support for Saudi Arabia but the rest of the US government apparatus has been taking a much more nuanced position", Juneau said.


Against this background of continued tensions, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey's foreign minister, held talks in Saudi Arabia with the king, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, on Friday. He added that Qatar should respond to worldwide and regional calls that request it to stop its support to extremism and terrorism.

The Saudi-led bloc of nations cut off sea and air links with Qatar and ordered Qatari nationals to leave their countries with 14 days.

The account was restored by early afternoon Qatar time.

But Sinan Ulgen, director of the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies in Istanbul, says he doesn't see a Qatar-Russia-Iran-Turkey alliance being forged - at least, not yet.

There is now tension between Qatar and its immediate neighbours, led by Saudi Arabia, who say Qatar is turning a blind eye to terrorism financiers.

The Pentagon, meanwhile, maintains the U.S. Central Command's regional forward operating base in Qatar and has just signed a deal reportedly worth $12 billion to sell F-15 fighter jets to Doha.

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