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Qatar says no expulsions of nationals from countries that cut ties

Qatar says no expulsions of nationals from countries that cut ties”

Trump on Friday accused Qatar of being a 'high level' sponsor of terrorism in remarks made shortly after his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, pushed Qatar's Arab neighbours to "immediately take steps to de-escalate the situation". "No more funding", the president said.

The United States said last week it had started supplying arms to the YPG for an assault on the Syrian town of Raqqa, deepening Turkey's anger.

The mood in this waterside Persian Gulf capital is a mix of fear, uncertainty and resilience as residents struggle to cope with a political and diplomatic crisis few imagined would so dramatically upend their world.

Erdogan has vowed to support Qatar, a close ally, in the dispute, even though he also wants to maintain good relations with the other Gulf states. "Maybe Qatar will ask us to leave or Egypt might ask us to come back". "I am telling you: There won't be any winners in the brother's fight".

Some 90 tonnes of food was sent to Doha, Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi said.

Qatar meanwhile pledged those nations' citizens will have "complete freedom" to stay in the energy-rich country.

Qatar has called the charge "baseless" and vowed not to compromise on its foreign policy.

But a Qatari diplomat said the crisis reflected a lack of US leadership. "The blockade is hindering US military action in the region and the campaign against Isis [Islamic State in Iraq and Syria]".

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

Qatar's crude oil exports have not been affected by the closing down of several seaports by Arab countries, Reuters reported.

The goal would be a Middle East in which all the regional powers felt invested enough that they would work to end the proxy wars, insurgencies and terrorism that continue to create so much death, destruction and human misery.

The North African state willingness to upturn its abysmal trade volume with Nigeria beyond pharmaceutical and engineering may present potential opportunity for Nigeria's gas.

"But within 20 minutes, satellite networks controlled by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had seized on the damning news flash and began interviewing long lines of well-prepared commentators to expound on the perfidy of Qatar".

The national airline, Qatar Airways, has been a specific target.



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