Saudi and Bahrain welcome Trump's scolding of Qatar

Saudi and Bahrain welcome Trump's scolding of Qatar

The escalating crisis in the Persian Gulf erupted Monday, when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties to Qatar, accusing the country of tolerating or even encouraging support for extremist groups, including al-Qaida's Syria branch.

Qatar vowed on Thursday to ride out the isolation and said it would not compromise its sovereignty over foreign policy to resolve the region's biggest diplomatic crisis in years.

The confrontation in the region intensified on Friday as Arab states tightened their squeeze on Qatar by putting dozens of figures with links to the country on terrorism blacklists, while Qatar's ally Turkey rushed to its side with plans to send troops.

In the call, the president, "offered to help the parties resolve their differences, including through a meeting at the White House if necessary", the White House said.

Trump said he helped plan the move against Qatar, although a senior administration official told Reuters earlier this week that the USA had no indication from the Saudis or Emiratis during the visit that they would sever ties with Qatar. The State Department had said the USA learned only at the last minute about the Arab nations' plan to cut ties.

Gargash added that diplomacy was needed to bring about a solution-"not by resorting to Iran and Turkey" but by addressing the root issues of concern voiced by GCC states numerous times.

They accuse the State of supporting armed militant groups as well as their regional rival, Iran - claims which Qatar say are baseless.

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In a sign Gulf states were seeking to lessen the human impact of their June 5 severing of ties, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE said on Sunday they had set up hotlines to help families with Qatari members, without elaborating.

The Trump administration is insisting that Qatar drop all connections with the Muslim Brotherhood - both inside its borders and in other countries, including Jordan, CBS News foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan reports.

It was voted into power in Egypt in 2012 but toppled a year later by the military.

Qatar Airways and Al Jazeera news agency are the high profile companies who are caught between this diplomatic spat between the gulf nations. Erdogan said he had never witnessed Doha supporting terrorism, adding Turkey "will continue to give all kinds of support to Qatar".

"The four countries agreed on categorising 59 persons and 12 entities in their list of terrorism", they said affirming "that they won't be lenient in pursuing" such persons and groups.

"Our position on countering terrorism is stronger than numerous signatories of the joint statement - a fact that has been conveniently ignored by the authors", it said in a statement. Qatar's official state TV later said it had shut down its website temporarily after also facing hacking attempts.

ISTANBUL: President Tayyip Erdogan has approved legislation on deploying Turkish troops in Qatar, signalling support for the Gulf state as it faces isolation imposed by fellow Arab states over its alleged support for terrorism.

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