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Qatar rejects as baseless terrorism blacklist by four Arab states

Qatar rejects as baseless terrorism blacklist by four Arab states”

The White House's offer came after President Trump met with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to discuss the crisis.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain released a joint statement listing 59 entities and individuals, including members of Qatar s royal family as involved in "terrorist" activities.

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"We propose that the Security Council launch a comprehensive investigation into this incident and similar incidents", Moustafa said.

A diplomatic crisis of unprecedented scale erupted in the Gulf and wider region Monday, as eight governments dramatically cut ties with Qatar over its alleged support for extremist groups. During his first foreign trip as president last month, Trump attended a meeting of regional leaders in Riyadh, where he secured a commitment to crack down on support for extremist groups. "I decided. the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding", he said.

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"We are monitoring the situation very closely, especially when it involves match officials travelling and because Qatar is the host to many of our teams who play in neutral venues", John said.

Qatar is the regional headquarters for U.S. Central Command and home to some 10,000 American troops, NPR's Scott Horsley has reported.

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Trump has tapped Tillerson to de-escalate the Gulf crisis.

The U.S.is carrying out military action in the region in its campaign against ISIS from the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. The U.S. military has previously insisted that that it would not affect U.S. military operations in the region.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) praised the president's remarks.

Trump accused Qatar of being a high level funder of terrorism.

Commenting on the criticism against Turkey for providing food supplies and military support to Qatar, Erdogan said: "Our friends in the Gulf were not bothered by the USA base in Qatar but why are they concerned about a Turkish base".

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain welcomed on Saturday US President Donald Trump's demand for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism, but did not respond to a US Department of State call for them to ease pressure on the Gulf state.

"The emir of Qatar has made progress in halting financial support and expelling terrorists from his country, but he must do more and he must do it more quickly", he said. Meanwhile, a statement from European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc was calling on all sides to "avoid any further escalation and engage in a political dialogue".

Qatar has steadfastly denied the allegations and has largely blamed a hack of its state news organization for the crisis. "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!"



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