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Saudi Arabia and allies hail Donald Trump's warning to Qatar

11 Juin 2017

As his top advisers sought to defuse an escalating crisis in the Middle East, President Donald Trump on Friday doubled down on his criticism of Qatar, a key USA ally, calling it a longtime "funder of terrorism at a very high level". Turkey and Qatar have both provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and backed rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"I have never seen Qatar supporting terrorism, the accusations are not true".

In a bid to drum up support for his country with the crisis showing no signs of abating, the minister made a surprise visit Friday to Germany where he pledged to pursue a diplomatic path out of the deadlock.

The New York Times reports that one senior administration official took this page thing literally, distributing a one-sheet to reporters on Air Force One that displayed Trump and Tillerson's Qatar statements side by side.

Niger said on Saturday it had recalled its ambassador to Qatar in solidarity with Arab countries that have cut ties with Doha, Reuters reported. Qatar denies the allegations and has sent its top diplomat on a tour of European capitals in a bid to drum up support.

Tillerson, speaking at the State Department, said the USA would help support efforts to mediate the crisis, along with Kuwait - another Gulf country that has stepped up to try to broker a resolution. Erdoğan said he had never witnessed Doha supporting terrorism, adding Turkey "will continue to give all kinds of support to Qatar". "With over eight million Indian expatriates living and working in these countries, we have vital stakes in the regional peace and stability". Tillerson is calling on Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to immediately ease their b.

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"President Trump is right to support the Arab-led effort to change Qatar's behavior once and for all". The Arab states have also ordered Qataris out within 14 days.

India on Saturday said that "all parties" should resolve differences "through a process of constructive dialogue and peaceful negotiations based on well-established global principles of mutual respect, sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries". Those on the list, including the former interior minister, could not be reached for comment.

But it has fallen out with its Arab neighbours, who accuse it of sponsoring extremist groups, some of them allegedly linked to arch Saudi foe Iran, fomenting trouble across the region. Some are prominent jihadists who have fought in Libya and Syria.

After an initial deployment of Turkish soldiers at a base in Doha, Turkish warplanes and ships will also be sent, the mass-circulation Hurriyet newspaper said on its website on Friday.

But the Pentagon has been developing contingency plans in case there is any interruption, defence officials said.