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Qatar slams Saudi, allies terrorism list as 'baseless'

10 Juin 2017

President Trump has offered to host a conciliatory meeting in the White House, according to his administration.

Earlier this week Trump seemed to take credit for the Persian Gulf countries severing ties with Qatar over its financing of terrorism.

They have ordered Qatari citizens and diplomats out of their countries, cut all flights to Qatar and are looking for ways to bar worldwide airlines from flying through their airspace to get to Qatar, which is slated to host to 2022 World Cup.

Saudi Arabia has shut the only land border to Qatar, through which the country of 300,000 gets as much as 40% of its food supply, leading to empty shelves in supermarkets and fears that food and water will soon run out.

The UAE attorney general said Wednesday that "any participation in conversation or social media or any other means that demonstrates sympathy to Qatar. may face a prison sentence of three to 15 years and a fine of no less than 500,000 dirhams ($136,000)".

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that the Turkish parliament "approved a draft bill allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar", apparently in support of the Qatari government.

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Abu Dhabi is the biggest of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. Trump spoke to the Saudi king Tuesday, the White House said, delivering a very similar message.

Qatar is home to the largest US airbase in the Mideast.

"The state of Qatar has linked its support of terrorist organizations and the propagation of extremist ideas", the Mauritanian ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement published in Arabic by the Mauritanian Information Agency.

Gause also noted Qatar's relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood "and other oppositional political groups", as well as Qatari cooperation with Iran on some issues "at a time when Saudi Arabia is confronting Iran directly on all sorts of fronts". CNN is reporting that U.S. investigators believe Russian hackers may have been behind the effort and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been sent to Qatar to help investigate.

Qatar has vehemently denied the claims and on Thursday its foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, said his country would not "surrender".

"Isolating Qatar, who is putting up an efficient fight against terrorism, will not resolve any problem".