As Tillerson calls for calm, Trump calls out Qatar on terror

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani spoke to Tillerson and was due in Moscow on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain welcomed on Saturday US President Donald Trump's demand for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism.

He said Russian Federation and Qatar "are bonded with relationship of friendship" and appreciates the countries' bilateral cooperation.

Explaining Turkey's stake in the conflict, Cavusoglu said, "we see threats toward the Gulf region as threats toward us".

Turkish officials were not immediately available to comment on the report but Hurriyet said there were plans send some 200-250 soldiers within two months in the initial stage. They also warned that anyone who expresses support for Qatar online faces imprisonment and hefty fines.

Ankara has worked alongside Qatar to support Islamist groups and militias in Syria and elsewhere.

Trump, whose accusation was accompanied by a call for Qatar to re-join "the unity of responsible nations", contrasted with more balanced remarks by Tillerson, who urged calm as Doha remains blockaded by neighbouring states.

Erdogan also approved another accord between Turkey and Qatar on military training cooperation late on Thursday.

"We can not be glad about the situation, when relations between our partners are getting worse", Lavrov said, according to Russian state-run media.

"We do not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries or their bilateral relations".

Increasing the pressure on Friday, Qatar's neighbours put 12 organisations and 59 people on a terror sanctions list and described them as being associated with Qatar. In addition to the Muslim Brotherhood leader, Egyptian born-cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi, 25 other Egyptian nationals were included on the list.

On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he had never known Qatar to support terrorist groups and called for the blockade to be fully lifted.

With supply chains disrupted and concern mounting about economic turbulence, banks and firms in Gulf Arab states were trying to keep business links to Qatar open and avoid a costly firesale of assets. "This situation is a strategic opportunity to seize, not a crisis to manage", he said.

But the states did not respond to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's warning of humanitarian consequences.

Tillerson, tapped by the White House to mediate the Arab diplomatic crisis, said the emir of Qatar has taken steps to cut back on terrorism financing and has been banishing extremists.

Mr Tillerson's statement called on other Gulf partners to do more to cut off support within their own countries for extremists.

"The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level", Mr Trump told reporters in the White House Rose Garden, as Mr Tillerson looked on. "We have to stop the funding of terrorism". The regional headquarters of U.S. central command is hosted by Qatar at the Al Udeid airbase.

"We are courageous enough to acknowledge if things need to be amended", said Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani.