Russian Federation calls for dialogue in Qatar crisis

Russian Federation calls for dialogue in Qatar crisis

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Arab nations on Friday to immediately ease their blockade on Qatar, warning that the Persian Gulf crisis is hindering USA efforts to fight the Islamic State group and other extremists in the Middle East.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Bahrain's Foreign Minister that the dispute between Qatar and other Arab states should be resolved by the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday.

The escalating crisis in the Persian Gulf erupted this week when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

In his second intervention in the crisis in as many days, Trump urged action against terrorism in a call with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, a White House statement said.

Interestingly, US President Donald Trump, who just completed a trip to Saudi Arabia, seemingly took credit for the embargo on Qatar.

Qatar will pay the Ashcroft Law Firm $2.5 million (2 million pounds) for a 90-day period as the country seeks to confirm its efforts to fight global terrorism and comply with financial regulations including U.S. Treasury rules, according to a Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, filing on Friday with the Justice Department.

Erdogan on Friday vowed to keep supporting Qatar after his rapid approval of legislation on deploying Turkish troops there, as the Gulf state faces isolation by fellow Arab states.

In a sign of economic damage from the dispute, Standard & Poor's downgraded Qatar's debt on Wednesday as the country's riyal currency fell to an 11-year low amid signs that portfolio investment funds were flowing out because of the rift.

"We call on Qatar to be responsive to the concerns of its neighbours", he said, speaking shortly after Saudi Arabia placed members of Qatar's royal family on a "terror list".

Qatar long has denied supporting or funding terror groups.

Underlining that "Qatar and Russian Federation - which is the main player on the worldwide arena - have friendly relations", al-Thani told RT Arabic and that Doha views it important "to discuss the crisis" with Moscow.

"We call on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar". From the mid-1990s until the early 2000s, the USA relied on Prince Sultan Airbase in Saudi Arabia to play the role of command center for its forward air operations. It's also the world's largest exporter of liquid national gas.

Sheikh Mohammed's hard line mirrored that of a top Emirati diplomat who told the AP on Wednesday that the United Arab Emirates believes "there's nothing to negotiate" with Qatar.

"We are maintaining contacts with the majority of the participants of the ongoing processes", he said, a reference to the various channels of communication throughout the region.

Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, some of its leaders based in Doha, is no closer to leading the Palestinian people then when it fell out with secular rivals in the Fatah party in 2007.

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