Bahrain foreign minister says all options open on Qatar - Mecca Newspaper

Bahrain foreign minister says all options open on Qatar - Mecca Newspaper

"So we had a decision to make: Do we take the easy road or do we finally take a hard but necessary action", Mr. Trump said. A series of flashpoints across the region in the days following Trump's visit heightened tensions that had been building for months and removed any hope among Qatar's neighbours of peeling it away from Iran and the Islamist groups it has engaged with for years. The four accuse the small Gulf nation of supporting Sunni extremist groups and Iranian-backed Shia militants to destabilize the region. But he also said measures taken against Qatar this week by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Arab nations were not aimed at seeking new leadership in Doha.

Some Qatari-funded anti-Saudi websites had begun reporting on what they said were calls for protests against the kingdom's rulers, stirring memories of the Arab Spring revolutions that toppled the leaders of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia."They (Qataris) hired (financed) influential Saudi preachers, religious figures, journalists and academics to incite against Saudi Arabia", one Gulf source told Reuters.

DUBAI, June 7 Qatari armed forces that had been stationed in Saudi Arabia as part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen returned home on Wednesday, state television reported on its Twitter account.

Qatar hosts 8,000 U.S. military personnel at al Udeid, the largest USA air base in the Middle East and a launchpad for US-led strikes on Islamic State jihadists.

In a day of mixed messages and chaotic diplomacy, Tillerson emphasized the economic, humanitarian and military damage he said the blockade was inflicting.

Tillerson also said the blockade by Qatar's neighbors was "hindering USA military action in the region, and the campaign against ISIS", using an acronym for the Islamic State group. But at the Pentagon, a spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said only long-term military planning was affected.

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Turkey has brought forward a troop deployment to Qatar and pledged to provide food and water supplies to its Arab ally, which hosts a Turkish military base.

Still, the Pentagon has been developing contingency plans in case there's any interruption, defense officials said.

President Trump invited the emir of Qatar to the White House in an effort to help mediate the nation's diplomatic crisis with its Persian Gulf neighbors. The Qatari Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tillerson has extensive experience in Qatar and the rest of the Gulf region.

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

The House of Saud regime and allies including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain announced on Monday they were severing diplomatic relations and closing air, sea and land links with Qatar. Increasing the pressure Friday, Qatar's neighbors put 12 organizations and 59 people on a terror sanctions list and described them as being associated with Qatar.

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