Four Arab states - Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt - severed diplomatic relations with Qatar on 5 June, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and Iran - charges that Doha has denied. The ostensible reason is the perceived support of the government of Qatar in supporting "terrorism".#Donald Trump the United States president sided with the Saudi-led decision and even threatened that the U.S. base and said it could be relocated.
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Eshki accused Al Jazeera of pursuing hostile policies towards Saudi Arabia, and said the Qatari broadcaster has adopted a negative approach towards the Persian Gulf littoral Arab states by broadcasting hostile propaganda against them, a move which is supported by the Qatari government.
And in the midst of the worst diplomatic crisis involving America's Gulf allies in years, Smith, the US envoy to Qatar, announced she was leaving her post in Doha.
Defense Secretary James Mattis greets an airman as he boards a U.S. Air Force C-17 for a day trip to a U.S. military base in Djibouti from Doha, Qatar April 23, 2017. "They said they would take a hard line on funding, extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar".
You would be forgiven for thinking the USA backs Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their current standoff against Qatar.
As I wrote this month, the outgoing US ambassador to Qatar briefed participants in a policy conference in Washington on progress Qatar has made in cracking down on terror financing, a view that is not shared by the Treasury Department or experts inside the intelligence community.
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The revelation of these prosecutions now is unlikely to sway the Saudi-led coalition, which last week named 59 individuals and 12 organizations it considers to be involved in terrorism and most, it said, with ties to Qatar. It hosts the USA military air base Al-Udeid which is of key importance to the American military presence in the Gulf region itself and further afar.
"The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level", Trump said on June 9 in the Rose Garden. Like so many US officials who have worked on Middle East policy in the last two decades, I'm deeply familiar with the frustrating Qatari duality.
Other reports said Iran was also looking into exporting dairy products to Qatar and certain negotiations to the same effect were underway.
The Government of the Gambia has refused to side with the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in their diplomatic offensive against Qatar.
Qatar said on Thursday the rift with fellow Gulf Arab states, which includes economic sanctions on Doha, had not affected its preparations to host the World Cup.
Russia's Vladimir Putin not being left out warned that the blockade against Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies would make it harder to reach a peaceful end to the war in Syria after he discussed with the Saudi King Salman.
"The US wants to receive money from the Gulf States".