Qatar rejects as baseless terrorism blacklist by four Arab states

Qatar rejects as baseless terrorism blacklist by four Arab states

Qatar rejects as baseless terrorism blacklist by four Arab states

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Friday for several countries to ease a blockade against Qatar.

A couple of days after Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, and the Maldives formally severed diplomatic relations with Qatar, Pakistan Foreign Office on Wednesday clarified that the objective of these countries cutting ties was to fight terrorism and was not aimed against any country. He said Qatar has historically supported groups that have "spanned the spectrum of political expression from activism to violence".

"I want to clearly say we disapprove the sanctions on Qatar", Erdogan was quoted by state-run Anadolu Agency as saying on Tuesday. He said that while he was meeting with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia last month and calling for them to unify against extremism, they had "pointed" at Qatar as a terrorism funder.

On Friday, Tillerson said the blockade has caused shortages of food, the separation of families and other "unintended consequences".

He said blockade had caused "unintended" consequences, and was "hindering USA military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS", referring to ISIL.

Taking what appeared to be a different position to Trump's hard line, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made clear he expects all parties to end the crisis.

The Arab countries closed air, sea and land links with Qatar, barred the emirate's planes from their airspace and ordered Qatari citizens out within 14 days. The president has claimed that his conversations there pushed him to call out Qatar. Both Britain and the United States were helping with their inquiry, they said.

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He cited the potential danger to U.S. military operations at the al-Udeid air base, the centerpiece of U.S. Central Command operations in the region, and urged Qatar to find common ground with its neighbors.

Tillerson, too, faulted Qatar for allowing funds to flow to extremist groups, but in terms that were much less severe.

Kuwait, which has maintained its ties with Qatar, is stepping in to mediate the conflict, which may escalate into a regional cold war with the Iranians on one side and the Saudis on the other.

Notably, while he criticized Qatar, he thanked Saudi Arabia.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani repeatedly denied that his country funded extremists and he rejected the idea of shutting down its Al-Jazeera satellite news network.

He called on Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to ease blockade on Qatar.

"The four countries agreed on categorizing 59 persons and 12 entities in their list of terrorism", they said, affirming "that they won't be lenient in pursuing" such persons and groups.

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