Lavrov: Russia makes efforts to resolve Qatar dispute

"The president is focused on ending terrorism", Tillerson said. "And in the wake of that conference, nations came together and spoke to me about confronting Qatar over its behaviour", Trump told reporters at the news conference.

Riyadh has closed the border with Qatar, giving diplomatic staff 48 hours to leave the country.

Their approval came as Washington joined intensifying worldwide efforts to heal the rift between the key Western Gulf allies, which has escalated into the region's worst diplomatic crisis in years.

He said the blockade was "impairing United States and other worldwide business activities in the region" and that the U.S. backed mediation efforts being pursued by Kuwait.

Founded in 1996 as part of Qatar's efforts to turn its economic power into political influence, Al Jazeera won millions of viewers across the Arab world by offering uncensored debate rarely seen on other local broadcasters in the region. But at the Pentagon, a spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said only long-term military planning was affected.

Qatar is home to the largest U.S. airbase in the Middle East, making it a key ally in the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. "We ask that there be no further escalation by parties in the region", Tillerson said.

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.

A picture on Facebook showed a supermarket displaying food from Turkey including milk, eggs and chicken.

On June 8, Arab states led by Saudi Arabia issued a list of Qatar-linked people and organizations it said were "terrorists" as they ratcheted up their boycott of the peninsular state.

Bahrain "stressed the necessity of Qatar's commitment to correct its policies and to engage in a transparent manner in counter-terrorism efforts", its official BNA news agency said.


Earlier this week, Trump invited the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Al Thani, to the White House, telling the leader he would help resolve the dispute.

His supporters believe the Qatar spat vindicates their anti-Islamist stance, as Haftar has gained ground and the United Nations -backed Tripoli government that he has rejected has been floundering.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani called the moves by Arab neighbours and others "clear violations of worldwide law and global humanitarian law".

President Trump had previously tweeted support for the move to isolate Qatar over its alleged financing of extremist groups.

Qatar dismissed the charges it was supporting extremists as groundless and said that its foreign policy would remain unchanged.

"India believes that peace and security in the Gulf are of paramount importance for the continued progress and prosperity of the countries in the region", Gopal Baglay, spokesperson of the MEA, said.

In a shock to many, President Trump backed the coalition's decision, saying that "perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" "There are other countries in the region that grapple with the same issues".

More than a third of the world's liquefied natural gas trade comes from Qatar, making it the world's largest producer and exporter of LNG. The riyal currency has tumbled and the cost of insuring Qatari debt against default has risen.

Tillerson on Friday urged Qatar to be "responsive" to the concerns of its neighbours as he called on Doha to halt financial and other support for terrorists.

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