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Qatari blacklist not an 'escalation' of crisis, UAE official says

10 Juin 2017

Gulf allies tightened their squeeze on Qatar on Friday by putting dozens of figures with links to the tiny, wealthy nation on terrorism blacklists.

In this October 23, 2012 photo, then-Emir of Qatar Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, center right, and then Gaza's Hamas Prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, third left, arrive for the corner-stone laying ceremony of a new center providing artificial limbs, in Bait Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. Those involved in the restrictions include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, Mauritius and the Maldives.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates broke off relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region.

"We are monitoring the situation very closely, especially when it involves match officials travelling and because Qatar is the host to many of our teams who play in neutral venues", John said. Its only land border is with Saudi Arabia.

Those already there have been given 14 days to return and Qataris in the aggrieved countries have also been given 14 days to go home. Officials in the UAE have warned there was "nothing to negotiate".

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, whose AK Party has its roots in Islamist politics and who has voiced support for the Brotherhood, signalled his firm backing for Qatar by swiftly signing a law to send Turkish troops to a base there. However, the Qatari foreign minister downplayed the likelihood of military conflict. "No one is giving them the right to separate families and displace people". "We know the ABCs of dealing with terrorism. Are we living really in the 21st century?"

"The president emphasized the importance of all countries in the region working together to prevent the financing of terrorist organizations and stop the promotion of extremist ideology", the White House said in a statement.

President Donald Trump also seemed to take credit for the rift between Qatar and multiple Gulf nations over Twitter on Tuesday.

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But Sheikh Mohammed told the AP that Sheikh Tamim "is not going to leave the country while the country is in blockade", in effect turning down the mediation offer.

Notably, while he criticized Qatar, he thanked Saudi Arabia.

"It is wrong to say that these countries jointly severing ties with Qatar is aimed to target Qatar in particular".

With food and other supplies disrupted and worries mounting about deepening economic turbulence, banks and firms in Gulf Arab states are seeking to keep business links to Qatar open and avoid a costly fire sale of assets.

The hack, which US officials reportedly believe was carried out by Russian Federation, includes the posting of a fake news story.

UAE foreign minister Anwar Gargash said further measures would be taken to ensure Qatar make "iron-clad" commitments to against funding militants, The Guardian reported.

"The team confirmed that the hacked file was installed last April, which was later exploited in the publication of the fabricated news on" May 24 at 12.13am (May 23 at 2113 GMT), the report said.

Qatari blacklist not an 'escalation' of crisis, UAE official says