Stop Funding terrorism, Donald Trump Tells Qatar, US' Key Ally

  • Stop Funding terrorism, Donald Trump Tells Qatar, US' Key Ally

Stop Funding terrorism, Donald Trump Tells Qatar, US' Key Ally

Mere hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that tensions between Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other regional states were negatively impacting the fight against ISIS and calling for all sides to defuse tensions, the President contradicted him, publicly castigating Qatar for terrorist financing, and backing the Saudis in their campaign against Doha.

Egypt and Bahrain cut travel and diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday.

Arab countries put 12 organizations and 59 people on a terror sanctions list early Friday they described as being associated with Qatar, the latest in a growing diplomatic dispute that's seen the energy rich nation isolated by Saudi Arabia and others. Its foreign minister has struck a defiant tone in interviews, even after anxious residents emptied grocery stores in its capital of Doha as Saudi Arabia has blocked trucks carrying food from entering the country.

"These developments, coming at a time when we need solidarity and cooperation more than ever, are no good for any country in the region".

The boycott ended after Qatar agreed to a string of concessions including relocating leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood to Turkey and cooperating with Gulf states on intelligence and security.

UAE foreign affairs minister Anwar Gargash said they and their allies were seeking to "straighten an evil that has targeted the region".

The announcement increases pressure on Qatar in a diplomatic and economic campaign to isolate the small Gulf Arab state, which is a critical global supplier of gas and hosts the biggest USA military base in the Middle East.

The MWL said the sanctions confirm the commitment of the Kingdom and its sisterly countries to fight terrorism and block its sources, funding and supporting, pointing out that the global community should intensify its efforts to counter the activities of terrorist organizations as well as supporters and incubators of terrorism.

Federal Bureau of Investigation experts visited Qatar in late May to analyse an alleged cyber breach that saw the hackers place the fake story with Qatar's state news agency, the U.S. broadcaster said.

"Qatar has made efforts to prosecute significant terrorist financiers". "I want other countries to stop teaching people to kill other people", said Trump at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden with the Romanian President.

On Thursday the four countries issued a list of individuals and entities they said had "terrorist" links to Qatar, in their first joint statement since severing ties with Doha.

It's not clear whether the United States has tracked the hackers in the Qatar incident to Russian criminal organizations or to the Russian security services blamed for the USA election hacks.

Jordan also signaled a willingness to work with neighboring countries to help end the crisis, according to government spokesman Mohammad Al-Momani.

Saudi Arabia also closed Qatar's only land border.

Qatar is not ready to change its foreign policy to resolve a dispute with fellow Gulf Arab states and will never compromise, Qatar's foreign minister said on Thursday.

Gabriel said Germany "worried about the possible consequences and a growing escalation" after the "very tough" measures taken against Qatar.

A day later, Trump took credit on Twitter for the rupture, pointing to Doha's support for extremists.

The Arab states have also ordered Qataris out within 14 days.

The Muslim Brotherhood, in its first reaction to the Gulf crisis on Wednesday, rejected what is said were false accusations of terrorism by Saudi Arabia.