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Germany brands Arab states' Qatar demands 'very provocative'

Germany brands Arab states' Qatar demands 'very provocative' Germany brands Arab states' Qatar demands 'very provocative'
Melinda Barton | 29 June, 2017, 07:29

He also said Qatar was by no means the only country in the region responsible for funding terrorism, and added Europe had to do more to influence United States thinking in the Middle East.

Senator Corker said members of the Gulf council, in the wake of a summit in Saudi Arabia last month with Mr. Trump, "chose to devolve into conflict" instead of seeking to ease regional tension and expand their security cooperation.

"To ask Turkey to pull out its troops from Qatar is firstly disrespectful behaviour towards us", he said in Istanbul, according to Reuters.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, having close relations with Iran and backing the Muslim Brotherhood, viewed as a political rival of the conservative Gulf monarchies and military rulers in Egypt.

On June 5, three (P) GCC members-Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain-along with Egypt, cut ties with Qatar over allegations that it funds "terrorism"-an accusation Doha strongly rejects but that was echoed by US President Donald Trump".

Iran has offset the boycott of Qatar by shipping tons of food to Doha since the Saudis have blocked the peninsula nation's only land border through which most food imports were previously shipped. "We don't have to deal with them", the Hill quoted al-Jubeir, as telling reporters at the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

A State Department official issued a statement to CNN: "As a matter of policy, we do not comment or confirm the status of proposed defense sales until they are formally notified to Congress" and referred to Tillerson's Sunday statement in which he encouraged Qatar and the other countries involved in the dispute to meet to resolve the crisis.

"Some of them will be hard for Qatar to incorporate and to try to adhere to", she said. They have sent it 13 demands including closing al Jazeera television, curbing relations with Iran, and paying reparations. The US and Saudi militaries work closely together as well.

"We are mystified that the Gulf states have not released to the public, nor to the Qataris, the details about the claims that they are making toward Qatar".

The US Secretary of State also plans to meet in a working dinner late on Tuesday with the Kuwaitis and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who has offered to help resolve the row as well.

"We hope all the parties will continue to talk to one another in good faith", Tillerson said.