Trump calls on Qatar to stop funding terrorism

Geneva Matthews
June 10, 2017

Turkey and Qatar have both provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and backed rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In a time not long past, Qatar's situation might have alarmed the United States.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the other hand, has approved sending troops to an existing Turkish base in Qatar as a sign of support.

Moves for more Turkish troops to be deployed at their base in Qatar was seen as a provocation.

USA president Donald Trump is ramping up pressure on Qatar to stop what he calls a "high level" of financial support of terrorism.

Speaking in the German town of Wolfenbuettel on Friday alongside German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also said that his nation's hope was for diplomacy and dialogue.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia along with the allied states who have joined them in isolating Qatar have named 59 individuals and 12 organisations for terror sanctions, putting increased pressure on Doha.

Taking what appeared to be a different position to Trump's hard line, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made clear on Friday he expected all parties to end the crisis."We call on the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar", he said in Washington.Tillerson told reporters at the State Department that the crisis, which has cut transportation links and trade, had begun to hurt ordinary people in Qatar, impaired business dealings and harmed the U.S. battle against the Islamic State militant group.Qatar is home to a vital U.S. military base. We call on Qatar to be responsive to the concerns of its neighbors.

"Until today I have not witnessed Qatar give support to terror", Erdogan said in Istanbul, adding that the Arab states "declare foundations established to provide different services as terror organizations".

U.S. President Donald Trump, who tweeted Tuesday about Qatar funding extremists, called Qatari ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Wednesday and offered to host leaders at the White House to resolve the crisis.

Aircraft that fly out of Qatar - including fighter jets, drones and refueling planes - can be relocated, they said.

The foreign minister of Bahrain, which is closely aligned with Riyadh, is certain to discuss the crisis and Turkey's role in it when he visits the country on Saturday.

"We ask Qatar and other nations in the region to do more and do it faster".

"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.

Numerous others added to the list are figures associated with the Muslim Brotherhood who have made Qatar a base, including Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi. The network also said Thursday night that its websites had come under a sustained cyberattack.

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