Trump slams Qatar's actions as neighbours apply terror sanctions

Lance Nichols
June 10, 2017

In a time not long past, Qatar's situation might have alarmed the United States.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved legislation for increased military cooperation with Qatar, including a deal for the deployment of Turkish troops there.

Qatar has vehemently denied all the accusations leveled by Riyadh and its allies.

"Such a Trumpification of relations with one another is particularly unsafe 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.

Speaking in the German town of Wolfenbuettel on Friday alongside German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also said that his nation's hope was for diplomacy and dialogue.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani called the moves by Arab neighbors and others "clear violations of global law and worldwide humanitarian law".

Only an hour later, Mr Tillerson sat in the front row in the Rose Garden as Mr Trump enthusiastically embraced the move by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and others to punish Qatar. "Until now I have not seen Qatar give support to terror".

Qatar's foreign minister said the country will never surrender to the pressure being applied by its Arab neighbours and will not change its independent foreign policy to resolve disputes that have put the region on edge.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and other Arab nations cut off relations with Qatar after accusing it of supporting terrorism.

"This cuts to the heart of what Qatar has tried to do for the past 10 years: To use sports as a means of increasing its brand awareness", says Kristian Ulrichsen, professor of worldwide studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.

"We ask Qatar and other nations in the region to do more and do it faster".

"The president emphasized the importance of all countries in the region working together to prevent the financing of terrorist organizations and stop the promotion of extremist ideology" in his call with Qatari ruler Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the White House said. "Our position on countering terrorism is stronger than numerous signatories of the joint statement - a fact that has been conveniently ignored by the authors".

Included on the "terrorist" list were the Egyptian leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Yousef al-Qaradawi, and 12 Qatari-funded charities. The network also said Thursday night that its websites had come under a sustained cyberattack. Turkish officials were not available to comment on the report but Hurriyet said there were plans send some 200 to 250 soldiers within two months in the initial stage.

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