US calls on Arab states to ease Qatar blockade as crisis deepens


"I have a request to the Saudi administration: you are the biggest in the Gulf, the should be the leader of fraternity there, you should bring everyone together", he said. "Stop filling their minds with hate and intolerance", Trump said, adding, "I won't name other countries, but we are not done solving the problem". Rejecting to comply with Saudi demands which were delivered by a Kuwaiti envoy, Qatar said Doha is willing and prepared to be isolated "forever" as long as foreign powers don't interfere with its sovereignty or foreign policy.

Mauritania, a member of the Arab League, severed ties with Qatar on Tuesday, following the lead of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, while Gabon condemned Doha.

"Qatar has a history of supporting groups that have spanned the spectrum of political expression from activism to violence", Tillerson said. Qatar has denied the allegations.

The secretary of State said the emir of Qatar has made progress in curbing financial support for extremist groups, "but he must do more and he must do it more quickly".

However, the list mentions at least two names against whom Doha took action, AFP reported, citing a previous US Department of State report.

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Qatar is still home to a number of high-profile figures of the Brotherhood and Hamas, both listed as terrorist organizations by the United States.

Although applauding a Kuwaiti effort to mediate the crisis, Gargash said Emirati and Saudi officials planned to concede nothing to Qatar, an worldwide air travel hub now cut off from some of the skies around it and blocked from receiving the trucks full of food it relies on to feed its citizens.

Kuwait's ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, traveled from the UAE to Qatar on Wednesday after visiting Saudi Arabia the day before to resolve the crisis. The four nations cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar Monday over anger that the nation had been getting too cozy with Iran and allegedly supporting jihadi terrorists. "I call upon my brothers in Gulf, dear leaders and people; there is no victor in the fight between brothers". The expanding crisis has since drawn in Turkey, Russia and Iran. It's also the world's largest exporter of liquid national gas.

He added that "we have taken these steps in the interest of Qatar. and in the interest of security and stability in the region".