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Trump accuses Qatar, Mideast host to USA troops, of funding terror

20 June 2017, 10:37 | Anna Nguyen

Trump accuses Qatar, Mideast host to USA troops, of funding terror

In this image provided by the Saudi Royal Court Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud left holds hands with Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in Jeddah Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are two of the nation

"Such a Trumpification of relations with one another is particularly risky in a region that is already rife with crises", he told the newspaper, in an apparent reference to what critics say is the increasingly divisive rhetoric seen since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump a year ago. So we had a decision to make. "We have to stop the funding of terrorism". Tillerson has been tapped by Trump to help mediate the worst diplomatic crisis in the Gulf in years. The office runs the Qatar Foundation, which is the principal funder of Education City, located on the outskirts of Doha, where most of the country's branch campuses are located. And a State Department official said an approved but pending sale of F-15 fighter planes to Qatar hasn't been affected.

It wasn't immediately clear how Trump's sharp condemnation might affect USA cooperation with Qatar, which hosts some 10,000 US troops and a major US air base that serves as a staging ground for operations in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Both Qatar and the USA sought to show the rift wasn't affecting military cooperation. Urging all sides to avoid further escalation of the conflict, Tillerson said the elements were available to resolve it.

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies may have felt emboldened to move against Qatar by Trump's visit last month to Riyadh, which saw the president clearly align United States interests with the kingdom and lash out at Iran.

A separate SPA report on Saturday acknowledged Tillerson's call for Qatar to curtail support for terrorism, but did not mention his remarks that the crisis was hurting ordinary Qataris, impairing business dealings, and harming the U.S. fight against the Islamic State.

"Authorities have taken steps to ensure a regular supply of food and other goods, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce said in a video released on Tuesday that showed fully stocked supermarket shelves". In recent months, suspected Russian cyberactivities, including the use of fake news stories, have turned up amid elections in France, Germany and other countries. Also, Saudi Arabia itself is known as the main sponsor of the violent Wahhabi terrorists that it has accused Qatar of supporting.

The statement added that Qatar does not support terrorist groups. "Others must also continue to eliminate factions of support for violent organizations within their own borders".

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Referring to the regional group that includes Qatar, the President also "reiterated that a united Gulf Cooperation Council and a strong United States-Gulf Cooperation Council partnership are critical to defeating terrorism and promoting regional stability".

It said Qatar may need to tap its sovereign wealth fund and central bank reserves to offset a major outflow of funds, and considers foreign financing of the economy to be at an elevated risk.

Qatar vehemently denies such support.

But another Arab nation, Jordan, later Tuesday announced that after studying the causes of the crisis with Qatar it was downgrading its diplomatic representation in Doha, said Mohammed al-Momani, minister for media affairs, the Petra state news agency reported.

"No one has given them the right to blockade my country, not to allow cars, or my flights to fly over their countries or my ships to park in their port, " the foreign minister said.



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