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Gulf states announce humanitarian hotline for mixed Qatari families

Gulf states announce humanitarian hotline for mixed Qatari families”

"Qatar Petroleum, and its subsidiaries, wishes to affirm that it is conducting business as usual throughout all its upstream, midstream and downstream businesses and operations, and in all activities across all of QP's world-class facilities", the statement read.

Consequently, Saudi Arabia then used the fake news report as the reason behind its move to institute an economic and diplomatic blockade of Qatar.

A joint declaration on Thursday accused 59 individuals and 12 charity groups in Qatar of being "linked to terror".

Last week, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar amid a slew of punitive measures. It's the worst diplomatic crisis to hit Gulf Arab states in decades.

Iran, a close ally of Qatar, blamed the developments on U.S. President Donald Trump who recently visited the Middle East. The Islamic republic has also opened its airspace to about 100 more Qatari flights a day, after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates banned Qatari planes from their airspace. Qatar denies the allegations, but its ties with Iran and embrace of various Islamist groups have brought intense scrutiny, made it a regional outlier and created enough smoke to spark a fire.

Saudi Arabia has sealed Qatar's only land border, through which it had imported most of its food.

Qatar's LNG accounts for more than 30 percent of global trade.

He also heaped praise on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, calling him a "good friend" that Qatar had gotten to know well during his time at the helm of Exxon Mobil. The Saudis support Wahhabi version of Islam, an ultra conservative, sectarian school that believes that any one not subscribing to its particular interpretation, is guilty of apostasy or takfir. The Turkish Foreign Minister said on 8th June that "Turkish troops are coming to Qatar for the sake of the security of the entire region". The Saudis cannot be allowed to become an oil and gas superpower.

Erdogan said he had never witnessed Doha supporting terrorism, adding Turkey "will continue to give all kinds of support to Qatar".

RIYADH Nationals of countries that cut diplomatic ties with Qatar this week are free to remain in the Gulf state in line with existing regulations, according to a statement carried by Qatar state news agency QNA on Saturday.The statement, attributed to the Ministry of Interior, said there was no change in policy toward the nationals of "brotherly and friendly countries which cut or reduced diplomatic relations following the malicious and hostile campaigns against Qatar".

The young Bahraini national has lived all of his life with his mother and two sisters in Doha. It now looks a distinct possibility that Turkey will try to play a different role in West Asia than siding with the US and Saudi Arabia.

The humanitarian aspect of the row has caught the attention of those outside the Gulf.



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