Qatar row: Trump claims credit for isolation

Qatar row: Trump claims credit for isolation

The secretary of state said the US will work alongside the Emir of Kuwait to bring a peaceful agreement to the blockade, and “progress toward eliminating all forms of support for terrorism, military, financial, moral, or ideological”.

Among the sanctioned parties are charities and fundraisers in Qatar that have acted for the benefit of Al-Qaeda for more than a decade.

Up to 5,000 Turkish soldiers might be deployed to Qatar under the new legislation, Rudaw news reports, adding that the troops are now on standby and ready for their deployment.

“What is the crime that Qatar committed to deserve this collective punishment that violates all global laws?” he said.

The Qatari government said the move “reinforces baseless allegations that hold no foundation in fact”.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday evening called for lifting the blockade against Qatar, reaffirming Turkey’s support for the Arab country.

Qatar said it led the region in attacking what it called the roots of terrorism, giving young people hope through jobs, educating hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and funding community programmes to challenge extremist agendas.

“We will not abandon our Qatari brothers”, Erdogan said.

Sheikh Mohammed said the blockade of Qatar broke worldwide law and described the severing of land, air and sea links to his country as “collective punishment”.

“No more funding”, Trump said.

Since Saudi Arabia and other nations cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar on Monday, triggering the worst diplomatic crisis in the Gulf in years, the US Army has insisted that it would not affect US military operations in the region. Several other countries followed suit.

Would-be mediators, including Trump and Kuwait’s ruling emir, have struggled to ease the crisis. He said his talks with Saudi Arabia and other nations during his first foreign trip were “already paying off” after leaders said they would take a “hard line on funding extremism”.

Qatar’s ambassador to Washington said on Thursday his government trusted Trump’s ability to resolve the dispute. He reportedly “may not have known” Qatar is home to the United States’ largest military base in the Middle East.

The ambassador left open the prospect of compromise, saying: “We are courageous enough to acknowledge if things need to be amended”.