UAE bans expressions of sympathy towards Qatar

Qatar's foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, said Doha was ready for mediation efforts after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed diplomatic relations in a coordinated move.

Tightening pressure, Saudi Arabia's aviation authority revoked the license of Qatar Airways and ordered its offices to be closed within 48 hours, a day after the kingdom, the UAE and Bahrain closed their airspace to Qatari commercial flights.

Qatar said it had been the victim of a "shameful cybercrime."Despite Doha's official denial, media outlets in several Gulf countries reported the emir's comments as fact". Qatar denies the accusations.

But even with the White House's attempts at clarification, Trump's statements raise questions as to how the move impacts the USA military base in Qatar, as well as how the diplomatic stress serves American priorities and goals in the region.

The U.S. wants to see the diplomatic row between Qatar and the Gulf nations "deescalated and resolved immediately", the White House said Tuesday.

With an estimated $335 billion of assets in its sovereign wealth fund and its gas exports earning billions of dollars every month, Qatar, however, has enough financial power to protect its banks.

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Subhash Goyal, founder chairman of STIC Travel Group, said the development has impacted outbound travel. According to estimates, there are over 650,000 Indians living and working in Qatar.

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

The UAE's state-owned Etihad Airways, meanwhile, said all travellers holding Qatari passports were now prohibited from travelling to or transiting through the emirates on government instructions. However, Qatar said the news was false and also termed it as a "shameful cybercrime" incident.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel accused the United States President Donald Trump of stirring up conflicts in the Middle East and risking a new arms race as Qatar's neighbors cut ties with Doha. Ordinary Qataris, however, were to be found crowding into supermarkets to stock up on goods against the crisis.

The White House said Trump "underscored that a united Gulf Cooperation Council is critical to defeating terrorism and promoting regional stability".

Kuwait's state-run KUNA news agency said the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, urged Qatar's ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to "exercise self-restraint and refrain from steps that would escalate the situation". He said his country was "protecting the world from potential terrorists".

Traders on global markets anxious that Riyadh's allies would refuse to accept LNG shipments from the Gulf state, the world's largest liquefied natural gas exporter, and that Egypt might even bar tankers carrying Qatari cargoes from using the Suez Canal as they head to Europe and beyond.

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