Gulf states announce humanitarian hotline for mixed Qatari families

Angelica Greene
June 11, 2017

The UAE praised Trump's "leadership in challenging Qatar's troubling support for extremism".

Just days earlier, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Egypt, Yemen and Mauritania cut diplomatic ties, suspended transport and closed their borders with Qatar after alleging the emirate supported regional terror groups.

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Government officials said the military would decide on the number of Turkish troops that would be deployed in Qatar and the length of their stay. Most recently, Saudi Arabia branded as terrorists 59 individuals and 12 entities affiliated with Qatar, including Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.

"They will not have a positive impact on the region but a negative one", the minister said during a visit to Germany. "I decided ... the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding".

Trump's comments came as Washington joins intensifying global efforts to heal the worsening rift between the key Western Gulf allies, which has escalated into the region's worst diplomatic crisis in years.

He said the blockade is hindering United States military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS.

A statement published on the Bahrain News Agency said Trump's "stance is part of the relentless United States efforts to continue combating all forms of terrorism and ensuring worldwide solidarity on this unsafe phenomenon".

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Tillerson on Friday urged Qatar to be "responsive" to the concerns of its neighbours as he called on Doha to halt financial and other support for terrorists.

He said the diplomatic rift has not interrupted or curtailed operations at al Udeid air base, a launching pad for U.S. military efforts in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

Separately, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered affected families that are citizens of Qatar and Saudi Arabia will be given humanitarian aid, the SPA News Agency said Saturday.

"Qatar has a history of supporting groups that span the spectrum of political expression, from activism to violence", Mr Tillerson said.

Reuters reported that Tillerson requested the call with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu after his pleas on Friday to end a blockade that he says is causing unintended humanitarian consequences and affecting the usa led mission against the Islamic State.

Qatar has the largest USA military base in the Middle East, and Tillerson said, "the blockade is hindering US military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS".

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egupt welcome President Trump's remarks on Qatar.

Other reports by GizPress

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