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For previous developments click here. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said he has little hope that the months-long Gulf diplomatic crisis will be resolved soon, blaming the Saudi-led group of countries for a lack of progress. Tillerson made the comments on Thursday, a day before he embarks on a trip to the region in a renewed attempt to mediate the dispute. During the Middle East part of his trip, Tillerson is expected to hold talks about the ongoing GCC crisis, as well as the conflict in Yemen.
His stop in Doha will also include meetings with Qatari leaders and US military officials to discuss joint counterterrorism efforts. The crisis between Qatar and neighbouring countries is on the agenda of the visit ahead of a Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait next December. Gargash made his comments after a former Dubai police chief wrote on Twitter this week that the Gulf crisis could end if Doha forfeited hosting the World Cup. Qatar Development Bank, a state-funded body which lends to firms, will also postpone receiving loan installments for up to six months to facilitate industrial sector projects, Al Thani said.
This blockade is no risk in relation to the hosting of the World Cup. The US military has halted some exercises with its Gulf Arab allies over the ongoing diplomatic crisis targeting Qatar , trying to use its influence to end the months-long dispute, authorities told The Associated Press. Government troops known as the Emiri Land Forces have concluded a four-day military exercise in the Sealine and Al Galayel districts of the country.
Sheikh Abdullah dismissed reports of strain on the banking system as fake news and rumours, adding that domestic liquidity was up 8. Javad Zarif, foreign minister of Iran , is in Qatar to hold talks with top officials, a day after visiting Oman. The Turkish president has strongly spoken out against the sanctions applied by the four countries, while Turkey has also sent cargo ships and hundreds of planes loaded with food to break the blockade.
Thirty-one percent of Middle East funds now expect to raise allocations to Qatari equities and eight percent to decrease them, making Qatar the most positive market in the region. Qatari company Trans Oceans has signed an agreement with Omani maritime transport firm Naseera to facilitate the movement of ferries transporting goods, equipment, cars and tourists between the two countries.
Qatar and Oman are two of the six countries that comprise the Gulf Cooperation Council. Kuwait , also a GCC member, is leading mediation efforts to resolve the crisis. The State of Qatar has dealt with the gas pipeline to the UAE in a civilised and humanitarian manner, he said. New Instagram content aims to provide dedicated, creative, and captivating information to Arab youth.
Imports were 7. Qatari companies and foreign shippers have sought to establish new shipping routes to Qatar via other countries including Oman, compensating for the loss of Dubai as a trans-shipment centre. The camels had to be shipped back from the United Arab Emirates via Oman after they were banned from competing.
Saudi Arabia also expelled hundreds of Qatari-owned camels from their country. Many did not make it back onto Qatari soil. By their measures they are pushing Qatar to Iran. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani returned to the Qatari capital on Sunday after concluding his first foreign trip since the blockade against his country was announced on June 5.
It was his first trip since the Gulf dispute began in June. Officials and residents announced on Twitter that they will host a warm welcome for him at the Doha airport, followed by an event along the Corniche. Marri urged the international technical mission to hold direct meetings with nationals and residents of Qatar, as well as citizens of the three blockading countries, to listen to their complaints and document the psychological, material and moral damage they suffered, QNA said.
During the meetings, the Qatari foreign minister discussed the humanitarian impact of the blockade and stressed the importance of dialogue to solve the crisis. US President Donald Trump has said on Tuesday he thought the dispute between Qatar and some of its Arab neighbors would be resolved quickly. The NHRC said that the current situation met all the conditions for the creation of specialised compensation committees, as outlined in the report, adding that this committee must be established under strict guidelines and must have wide authority to make decisions.
The international community and the world in general has not done enough against terrorism. But in the absence of a positive response from the Saudi-led coalition boycotting Qatar, investors did not take the remarks as a sign that the dispute was moving closer to resolution. In Saudi Arabia, all but one of the 14 listed petrochemical shares rose after Brent crude closed near a five-month peak on Friday. Food and beverage prices climbed 4. In August, however, food and beverage prices only rose 2.
Qatari shipping lines, which lost the use of Dubai as a trans-shipment centre because of the sanctions, have been establishing new services via Oman, Kuwait and the Indian subcontinent. For her part, Merkel said that no solution was visible yet but Germany would like to help resolve the crisis. Sheikh Tamim was also due in Paris for talks with the French president. Turkey and Kuwait have expressed concerns over the ongoing crisis between Saudi-led bloc and Qatar, with Turkey extending its full support to the mediation efforts carried out by the Kuwaiti emir to resolve the crisis.
More than three months after three Gulf states — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates UAE — and Egypt severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, the crisis has created uncertainty in the region, the ratings agency said.
The powerful artworks, which are showcased on the facade of the Fire Station building, reflect each artists personal take on the blockade. The medium of choice was graffiti, evoking its origins as a form of activism and self-expression, which is easily accessible by the broader community. Diplomats from Qatar and the four states blockading the Gulf nation have exchanged heated words at an Arab League meeting in Cairo on live television.
The exchange then descended into a row during which Kattan and Muraikhi each told the other to be quiet. One source said about staff could be put on leave, while another said it might be as high as , although the sources said the final number might be different. The sources declined to be named as the matter is not yet public. In a statement to Reuters news agency, Doha Bank said the information was incorrect, but declined to elaborate.
The bank employs 1, staff, according to its profile on Linkedin. A company owned by a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family is seeking to sell Dolphin Tower in Doha, the Qatari headquarters of natural gas supplier Dolphin Energy, sources told Reuters news agency.
Al-Audah, an influential cleric who was imprisoned from for agitating for political change and has 14 million followers on Twitter, appears to have been detained over the weekend, the posting suggested. The two leaders discussed the developments in the region, including the ongoing Gulf diplomatic crisis between Qatar and a group of four Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia, Qatar News Agency QNA reported.
The call on Friday between by the Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — reported by state media from both countries — is believed to be the first official contact between Doha and Riyadh since the beginning of the crisis more than three months ago. However, there seems to be a dispute over protocol — apparently, over how Qatar News Agency QNA did not menton in its report that it was Doha that had initiated the call.
The call on Friday between by the Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, is believed to be the first official contact between the two countries since the beginning of the crisis more than three months ago. The Qatari emir welcomed a proposal by the Saudi crown prince to assign two envoys to resolve the dispute in a way that respects the sovereignty of states, QNA added.
Morocco has been added to a list of countries whose citizens no longer need visas to enter Qatar, official Moroccan media said. In early August, Qatar introduced a visa-free entry programme for 80 nationalities to stimulate air transport and tourism.
The inaguration of the new port means larger container ships can go directly to Doha rather than docking in the United Arab Emirates, where cargo was transferred to smaller vessels. The UAE is one of the countries that have imposed a land, air and sea blockade on Qatar.
Qatar Ports Management Company, Mwani, has expanded its maritime network by launching several direct shipping lines between Hamad Port and a number of ports in the region. Al Thani also said Qatar has been the most developed country in the Gulf region for 20 years.
It is home to many foreign universities, the religious landscape is varied and everyone practices religion freely. Qatar has acted effectively in protecting its economy against the blockade imposed by other Arab countries, an International Monetary Fund official said on Wednesday after a week-long visit to Doha.
Sheikh Mohammed said this indicated the lack of cooperation and their insistence to not find a solution to the crisis, and in fact make it drag on as long as possible. The APF congratulated the NHRC for carrying out its work in a professional manner throughout the crisis and stressed that it was always ready to support it. In its statement, the APF also expressed concern regarding the damages caused by the blockade to thousands of people who have mixed-citizenship families in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al Thani, in a statement on Tuesday, said routine stress tests show the banking sector is strong. Qatari banks are highly solvent, profitable and liquid, he said. The central bank has taken extra measures in response to the blockade, and believes Fitch Ratings will change its decision in the very near future, the statement added.
The Ministry of Transport and Communication announced that Hamad Port will be officially inaugurated in the first week of September. In a statement, the ministry said that Hamad Port will be the largest port in the Middle East and will span an area of Qatar pulled its ambassador to Iran in early in a show of solidarity after attacks on two Saudi Arabian diplomatic posts in Iran following the Saudi execution of a prominent Shia cleric. Qatar and Iran share a massive offshore natural gas field that requires communication between the countries.
The pair discussed recent developments and embraced new paths to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries. For Muslim pilgrims in Qatar who hoped to perform one of the pillars of Islam, the annual Hajj that began this week is out of reach. Kushner is leading a delegation to the Middle East on behalf of Trump. He also with other Gulf leaders. Qatar said on Wednesday its ambassador to Iran, who was withdrawn in January last year, would return to Iran. The Geneva-based Monitor, in a letter sent to Figel, called for an immediate intervention to end the crisis of pilgrims and to exert pressure for not using Hajj as a tool for political gain, and not to impose conditions on pilgrims.
The Qatari diplomat briefed Guterres on the latest developments in the Gulf crisis and the measures taken by the Saudi-led group of countries against Doha. Qatar said it is worried Hajj pilgrims from the emirate face being badly treated if they travel to Saudi Arabia as the row over arrangements for the religious event intensified.
The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs said that considering the ongoing Gulf diplomatic impasse, it was concerned about the safety of pilgrims travelling from Doha in the next few days. Early in June, local media reports claimed Qataris were stopped from entering the Grand Mosque in Mecca. The Hajj to Mecca, the most revered site in Islam, is a pilgrimage that Muslims must perform at least once in their lifetimes if they are able to do so.
Senegal announced on Tuesday that it has reappointed its ambassador to Qatar who had been recalled on June 6 amid the Gulf crisis. The two leaders also discussed boosting relations in various fields and the recent developments in the Middle East, particularly, the Gulf crisis.
The hajj to Mecca, the most revered site in Islam, is a pilgrimage that Muslims must perform at least once. Earlier, Doha had denied a claim from Saudi Arabian Airlines accusing Qatari authorities of refusing to allow one of its flights to land at Hamad International Airport on Sunday. The telephone call was made as part of a mediation effort led by Qatar and backed by the United States, Al Wefaq said in a statement on Saturday.
In a letter sent to the Montreal-based United Nations agency on Saturday, Doha said the Saudi-led group that has imposed a blockade on Qatar has violated international law by broadcasting a news report showing the shooting down of a Qatar Airways passenger aircraft.
The correspondence also makes a case for Mohammed bin Salman over his cousin and former crown prince, Mohammed bin Nayef. The Qatari government will communicate with Saudi Arabia on the safety of the Qatari Hajj mission, he said, and urged Saudi Arabia not to politicize the Hajj pilgrimage.
Saudi Arabia news sites have reported that King Salman has ordered measures to allow Qatari pilgrims in to perform Hajj in Mecca. The King has reportedly ordered that Saudi aircraft be sent to Doha to accommodate Qatari pilgrims at his own expense, in addition to opening up the land border. He did not give details of the new investments. Unfortunately, what happened lately with this crisis, this factor is missing now and needs a lot of time to rebuild the trust again.
In a leaked email obtained by the news website, the crown prince also known as MBS, reportedly spoke to Martin Indyk, the former US ambassador to Israel, and Stephen Hadley, the national security advisor during the administration of George W Bush, about his intentions.
Reuters is reporting that the four Arab states responsible for a blockade on goods entering Qatar gave the US assurances that its firms would not be affected if they continued to do business with Doha. The group says hundreds of people are trapped in the countries and are living in difficult conditions.
Anas, an Algerian who now lives in London, told Middle East Eye that he made a series of visits to Saudi Arabia between and in an effort to bring warring factions in Afghanistan to the negotiating table. A former Afghan mujahideen fighter says Saudi Arabia was interested in hosting a Taliban office in the country, the Middle East Eye reports.
Abdullah Anas says he made multiple visits to Saudi Arabia between and and met senior officials, including the-then head of intelligence, Prince Muqrin, to help establish a Taliban office. Qatar has announced a programme to allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries, in order to encourage air transport and tourism. Nationals of 33 countries will be allowed to stay for days and the other 47 for up to 30 days.
The meeting comes in response to the complaint submitted by Qatar to the UPU, concerning the violations of the constitution and conventions of the Universal Postal Union UPU by the blockading countries, which is the first of its kind in the world and a dangerous precedent for the UPU charters. Contingency routes were planned as part of a preliminary agreement reached earlier this month.
Access to the new route began on Monday and ends on November 9. The route only affects inbound flights. The boss of Standard Chartered has warned that Dubai risks damaging its status as a financial centre as a result of the trade boycott of Qatar by a Saudi-led bloc, which includes the United Arab Emirates. Communications Minister Ayoob Kara said on Sunday he plans to revoke the press credentials of Al Jazeera journalists, effectively preventing them from working in Israel. In one case, a migrant worker at a five-star hotel told the group that six restaurants in the hotel have been closed because of the drop in the number of visitors.
Business owners, who have complained about less work and higher rents, are hoping the problem is resolved soon. Two months after the blockade was announced, local businessmen say it has created new opportunities for the country. At Don Construction Products workload has doubled in the last few weeks as the company tries to step up its manufacturing of construction chemicals.
Abdulla Hamad al-Attiyah, assistant president at Ashghal public works authority, told Al Jazeera work continues on projects related to the World Cup Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said on Friday Ankara, Doha and Tehran hope to reach a tripartite agreement on transporting Turkish products to Qatar in a practical and cost-effective way.
The World Trade Organization has confirmed that Doha has filed complaints against the Saudi-led group that is imposing a blockade on Qatar. Qatar on Wednesday created a new permanent residents status for certain groups of foreigners, including those who have worked for the benefit of the emirate. Those deemed eligible for the new status will be afforded the same access as Qataris to free public services, such as health and education, and will also receive preferable treatment for jobs in the administration and armed services as well as being able to own their own properties and exercise some commercial activities without the need for a Qatari partner.
In what appeared to be the first response to the Qatari move, Kait said the boycott was in line with articles 21 and article 14 of the General Agreement on Trade in Services GATS , which allow such moves in the case of security exceptions.
Tillerson told reporters that Qatar is so far fulfilling its commitment to the United States, but that he had sent senior US diplomat Tim Lenderking to the region to push for progress. Zinni, 73, was a marine general who once commanded US forces in the Middle East. After the military he served as special envoy to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Speaking to Al Jazeera, Al Attiyah says the continuing political stalemate is not helping anyone. But he believes there is some sign of movement.
Turkey and its main regional ally Qatar on Tuesday launched military exercises in the emirate that will involve about Turkish troops and 30 armoured vehicles, reports said on Tuesday. Turkish state media said that the Turkish frigate TCG Gokova had docked in Doha earlier this week carrying soldiers who would take part in the exercises. The exercises got under way on Tuesday and would intially involve ground forces with naval forces later on, NTV television said. An observation day involving top commanders would take place on August , it added.
All violations committed during the days of the siege, including obstructing the performance of religious rites, are systematic violations that places those responsible under provisions of international law, SOPHR said in a press release on Tuesday. Qatar Airways is expected to have access to three contingency routes over international waters in early August, after a UN-led meeting on Monday discussed air corridors for Doha following a rift with its neighbours.
The ICAO executive council held an extraordinary session in its headquarters in Montreal, to review a casefile presented by Qatar on the damages the siege countries have caused to aviation and flight safety. Qatari Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti said the technical file presented by Qatar to the ICAO pushed the siege countries to waiver and open up seven international emergency air corridors for Qatari flight. The minister also noted that the next step will be requesting that the airspace above the siege countries is opened up as well, in line with the rights guaranteed by the Chicago convention.
Middle East fund managers have become more positive on regional equities and have a balanced view on Qatar following a drop in valuations and as the shock of the sanctions imposed on Doha eases, a monthly poll by the Reuters news agency shows. The poll of 13 leading fund managers, conducted over the past week, found 38 percent expected to increase their allocations to regional equities over the next three months and none to reduce them.
The poll showed significantly improved sentiment towards Qatar. Twenty-three percent of managers now expect to raise their Qatari equity allocations and 23 percent to reduce them. Last month, the respective figures were eight percent and 38 percent. The ministry said on Sunday it was a fabricated news that meant to set obstacles for the pilgrims from Qatar to Mecca.
Imports shrank 40 percent year-on-year and The foreign ministers of the four Arab countries imposing a partial blockade on Qatar have met in Manama, the Bahraini capital, to discuss the potential further measures that can be taken towards the Gulf nation. The foreign ministers said at a joint press conference on Sunday that they were ready for dialogue with Qatar if it showed willingness to fight terrorism.
It also counts the wealthy Arab state as its third-largest shareholder, with a stake of nearly 4 percent, according to Reuters data. Our projects are not disturbed. Qatar has filed a complaint with the UN protesting new restrictions imposed by Saudi Arabia against Qatari nationals planning to travel to Mecca for the annual Muslim pilgrimage. The differences between how Qatar and the Saudi-led bloc view the future of the Arab people is at the heart of the Gulf crisis, a senior Qatari official said on Friday.
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, however, chose to go against that current, he said, adding that the four states wanted Qatar to punish those who oppose their governments and brand them terrorists. In the two-day meeting, the four countries will press Qatar to comply with their demands, which include stopping alleged interference in their internal affairs.
The move makes it the first financial watchdog in the Gulf to act on the new blacklist, with regulators in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt likely to follow. Qatar said it remains committed to settling international disputes through peaceful means despite a unilateral blockade imposed against the Gulf nation by its Arab neighbours.
Ahmed bin Hassan Al-Hammadi — Secretary-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and member of the claims committee — told Al Jazeera that the committee receives about complaints and 60 calls a day. The Compensation Claims Committee was formed on July 9 to consider citizen compensation or bring cases to the competent domestic and international courts related to the blockade.
He reiterated the Qatari position that Doha was ready for dialogue on a range of issues of concern but that it would not negotiate over topics to do with internal affairs and that the boycott against it must be lifted. The new entrants include entities from Libya and Yemen and individuals from Qatar , Yemen and Kuwait who the Arab states say have direct and indirect links to Qatari authorities, a joint statement by the Saudi-led group said, according to SPA.
Al Attiyah said in an interview with Russian news channel RT that the speech of the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani was clear and comprehensive, laying a road map and telling the truth that many of the peoples knew but that some parties refuse to understand. He noted that the Emir intended to deliver a speech to the Qatari people and residents since the beginning of the crisis but opted to delay the speech to a suitable time in response to the request of Emir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, who has led the mediation efforts to end the crisis.
Guterres encouraged all parties to enter a negotiation to lift the blockade imposed on Qatar and seek an acceptable solution for all parties regarding the crisis. He also praised the mediation efforts of Kuwait, expressing his hope that these efforts will continue. Russia is ready to help mediate in the dispute between Qatar and four other Arab states if approached, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview released on Monday. Qatar and Turkey have discussed the Gulf crisis and efforts being exerted to defuse the dispute between Doha and a group of Saudi-led Arab states through dialogue and diplomatic means.
The two sides praised Kuwait mediation to end the row. Erdogan is on a Gulf tour that took him to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Saud al-Qahtani, a Saudi royal court adviser, was apparently referring to Al Jazeera and beIN Sports that have been blocked in the country since the beginning of the Gulf crisis.
Federica Mogherini, the European Union foreign affairs chief, on Sunday called for swift direct talks to resolve the Gulf crisis. She said the EU was ready to support the process of negotiations and assist in the implementation of a plan for the resolution of the crisis, in particular in the area of counterterrorism. A European human rights organisation has called on Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain to end their blockade against Qatar and help alleviate the suffering of citizens on disputing sides.
A member delegation from the Brussels-based Alliance for Freedom and Dignity, AFD, travelled to Doha to investigate and document the humanitarian impact on ordinary citizens resulting from the blockade imposed on Qatar on June 5. Prolonging the crisis in the Gulf is not in the interest of anyone, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said as he embarked on a visit to the region.
He did not specify the required changes. Etisalat, a UAE-based telecommunications giant, had also reinstated BeIN sports, according to several subscribers to its channels. Customers were informed of the move in an email from Etisalat. The spirit of solidarity, harmony and defiance that had prevailed in the people of Qatar frustrated the hopes of those who banked on the opposite. Qatar is fighting terrorism, relentlessly and without compromises and the international community recognises this.
Differences are resolved through dialogue and negotiation and we should not burden civilians with political differences. We are opening our economy to initiatives, investments, production of food, medicine and ultimately to diversify our source of income. We are open to dialogue to find solutions to lingering problems, within the framework of respect for the sovereignty and will of each state as mutual undertakings and joint commitments binding all.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan will embark on a two-day Gulf tour starting on Sunday as part of his efforts to resolve the crisis in the region. Erdogan has been a staunch ally of Qatar in its dispute with its neighbours. Wang Yi made the remarks after meeting his Qatari counterpart in Beijing on Thursday, a day after he held talks with a top UAE official. Investigators also reportedly traced the IP internet protocol address linked to the hacking to the UAE. Officials said the case has been referred to prosecutors.
He also said that Turkey and Qatar were planning to conduct military exercises in coming days and that US forces may join in the exercises. Most Gulf nationals cannot now travel to or from Qatar; breaking up families and business ties, and dealing a blow to cross-border investments, reported the Financial Times on Wednesday.
Contractors are shifting supply chains from the UAE to Oman, which has remained neutral in the dispute — although many can still move materials from the UAE to Qatar, albeit with extra precautions. Qatari businesses are having to seek alternative sources for some building materials such as aggregate. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain called on Qatar on Wednesday to commit to six principles on combatting terrorism, instead of the 13 demands they had initially made.
The Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry has asked local companies to report any loss of earnings caused by the Saudi-led blockade of Doha. Commitment to combat extremism and terrorism in all their forms and to prevent their financing or providing havens. Full compliance with the Riyadh Agreement of and the supplementary agreement and its implementation mechanisms of within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Refraining from interfering in the internal affairs of states and from supporting illegal entities. The responsibility of all states of the international community to confront all forms of extremism and terrorism as a threat to international peace and security. Mouallimi also said that the four Arab states believe that stopping incitement to violence is essential, but he said closing Al Jazeera might not be necessary.
The important thing is the objective and the principle involved. The hack led to fake news being posted about the Qatari Emir. Qatar has contracted a specialised legal team to study the actions taken by the blockading countries against it, according to a statement from the economy ministry.
The international football federation has denied reports that there is an effort to strip Qatar of the World Cup. The website designed to look like a Swiss news publication turned out to be fake and Reuters withdrew the story. Qatari nationals will now have to apply for a visa in order to enter Egypt, the ministry said on Monday.
The restriction will not affect spouses and children of Egyptian nationals, as well as Qatari nationals who are studying at Egyptian public universities, Abu Zeid said. The restriction coming into force on Wednesday will not affect spouses and children of Egyptian nationals, as well as Qatari nationals who are studying at Egyptian public universtities, the report said on Monday. Those affected by the move, including holders of diplomatic or special passports, will have to apply for visas in advance from an Egyptian embassy abroad, said the source on condition of anonymity.
The information published in the Washington Post on 16 July , which revealed the involvement of the United Arab Emirates UAE and senior Emirati officials in the hacking of Qatar News Agency, unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place. Gargash also said the UAE would not escalate its blockade on Qatar by asking companies to choose between doing business with it or Qatar. Gargash said the memorandum of understanding signed by the US and Qatar on Tuesday on the financing of terrorism was a positive development but fell short of allaying their concerns.
The Post reported that US intelligence officials learned last week of newly analysed information that showed that senior UAE government officials discussed the planned hacks on May 23, the day before they occurred. The officials said it was unclear if the UAE hacked the websites or paid for them to be carried out, the newspaper reported.
The Post did not identify the intelligence officials it spoke to for the report. Toby Kidman, an expert in international law on war crimes, human rights, terrorism and extradition, said on Saturday that there was no legal basis for the blockade imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states and for the list of demands presented by these countries.
Speaking to the Qatari daily Al-Sharq, Kidman said that under the international law the measure was illegal and they were purely punitive. He said that the next legal step that must be taken by Qatar during the crisis was to join Rome Statute system and the International Criminal Court as a mean to protect itself. Kidman said that the legal consequences might be stark and the situation might end in the UN Security Council. He stressed on the importance of differentiating between humanitarian issues and politics because while the latter can eventually be resolved through diplomacy and mediation, violations of human rights cannot wait for political negotiations.
During his visit to the UN headquarters, Al Marri also held separate meetings with head of diplomatic missions of Switzerland, Argentina, Costa Rica, Ghana, Sweden and Liechtenstein, discussing the Gulf crisis and its implications. The French foreign ministry said the trip was in line with similar strategies adopted by the US, Britain and Germany regarding the boycott of Qatar by its neighbours. Qatar is home to the Al-Udeid airbase that holds the forward headquarters of Central Command and hosts around 10, American troops.
The ministry said the exercise came on the basis of prior agreements between the two sides in the framework of bilateral defence cooperation to support efforts of combating terrorism and smuggling as well as to maintain security and stability in the region. The two leaders discussed efforts to resolve the month-long dispute between Qatar and the four Arab states.
Turkey and Qatar on Friday reiterated Ankara would keep a new military base in the Gulf country, rejecting demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies for the facility to be closed. El-Badry — coach of Egyptian club Al Ahly — initially refused to attend a news conference following a match on June 20 because of the presence of beIN sports journalists.
He did eventually attend, but either put his hand over the beIN microphone while speaking or pushed it away, CAF said. The players also boycotted the news conference. Human Rights Watch said the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia and its allies is infringing on the right to free expression, separating families, and interrupting medical care among other rights violations.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has met the Qatari emir and foreign minister for the second time during his four-day visit to the Gulf. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to make an unexpected return visit to Doha on Thursday, as he tries to help find a solution to the Gulf crisis. The visit comes a day after he held talks with leaders from the four Arab states blockading Qatar.
The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make an unexpected return visit to Doha on Thursday to meet with senior Qatari officials as he tries to find a solution to the Gulf crisis, according to the state department. It comes after Tillerson held a day of talks with the four Arab states leading a blockade against Doha. Turkey has sent cargo planes, 16 trucks and one ship to Qatar to meet its daily needs since a dispute broke out last month between Qatar and other Gulf states, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said on Wednesday.
Qatar said on Tuesday more Turkish troops had arrived at a military base in Doha after Ankara fast-tracked legislation last month for more soldiers to be deployed there. Training has been ongoing since June The base in Qatar houses Turkish soldiers under an agreement signed in The statement did not give the number of Turkish troops at the base or how many had just joined to bolster the deployment, but said it was the fifth batch of Turkish troops to arrive. The US-led operation is mostly launched from the Al-Udeid military base.
He called on the countries blockading Qatar to also sign the MoU. He will then return to Kuwait before heading back to the US. The Saudi-led bloc has accused Qatar of violating deals it signed in and with its Gulf neighbours, which prohibited support for opposition groups in those nations, as well as in Egypt and Yemen. The existence of the agreements has been known, but the content and the documents , which were obtained by CNN, were never made public.
The Gulf countries have accused Qatar of not complying with the agreements. Many of the demands that were recently made to lift the blockade against Qatar were already included in the Riyadh Agreements. US officials said Tillerson does not expect an immediate breakthrough, which they warned could be months away.
Rather, they said, he wants to explore possibilities for sparking negotiations. Tillerson is set to met Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah this evening as well as the foreign minister and the British national security adviser who is also in Kuwait for consultations on the Gulf crisis. The North Oil Company, to be launched on Tuesday, will be made up of a 70 percent stake from QP and a 30 percent stake from Total, which is taking over operations from Maersk Oil.
The signing of the contract also comes amid reports that Saudi Arabia and the UAE may pressure international companies to either do business with them or with Qatar. Exports to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain accounted for less than eight percent, the statement said. Among other topics, they discussed the Gulf crisis and the illegal anti-Qatar steps taken by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states. For her part, Bensouda expressed regret over the human rights violations committed by the quartet that imposed air, sea and land blockade against Qatar.
He said that Qatar was able to immediately secure its needs of all kinds of goods by importing them from alternative countries at the same cost and with better quality. Sheikh Khalifa highlighted the recent launch of direct shipping lines with Salalah and Sohar ports in Oman, Mundra and Nhava Sheva ports in India and the Turkish port of Izmir from which the first ship carrying about 3, tons of miscellaneous foodstuffs arrived last week.
Qatari Public Prosecutor Ali Al Marri said in a press conference that the government is forming a committee to handle claims made by private companies, public institutions and individuals of damages stemming from the blockade. He said that allegations against Qatar are unfair and provocation in the Gulf region should be avoided. Erdogan stressed that the countries involved in the standoff should work towards a reasonable solution of the conflict. Abdulaziz Nasser Al-Yafei, Hamad Port director, said on Friday that the only change was that the Doha-bound ships were transiting through two Omani ports, rather than the Emirati Jebel Ali port — a regional hub.
NHRC Chairman Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri said that violations against students included preventing them from taking final exams, withholding certificates of graduation, closing their educational accounts and arbitrarily terminating their registration without giving reasons.
The Central Bank of Oman ordered all local commercial banks and exchange companies to trade the Qatari riyal at the official exchange rate. Tillerson would visit Kuwait City following visits to Ukraine and Turkey and is expected to meet Kuwaiti officials who have been trying to mediate. The US state department has warned that the Gulf crisis between Qatar and its neighbors is at an impasse and could potentially drag on for weeks or even months.
Nauert did not specify what type of escalation the US fears. But she said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson remains in close contact with the countries involved. In an interview with Qatari daily Al Sharq published on Thursday, Marzouki said those who wanted to isolate Qatar were exposed and have themselves become isolated. Saudi Arabia, which is leading a four-country blockade of Gulf neighbour Qatar, on Thursday accused Doha of being behind over 23, Twitter accounts it blames for trying to stoke dissent in Saudi Arabia.
A month after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic, trade and transport ties with Qatar, accusing it of backing terrorism, it is suffering from isolation but is nowhere near an economic crisis, the Reuters news agency reports. The success of these initiatives suggests Qatar could weather months or years of the current sanctions if it has the political will to do so — and that further sanctions being contemplated by the alliance may not prove decisive.
Company and industry sources told Reuters news agency that the CEOs had expressed interest in helping Qatar with its ambition to produce million tonnes of LNG annually — equivalent to a third of current global supplies — in the next five to seven years. Spokespeople from all three firms declined comment.
However, a top executive from one energy major looking into expanding in Qatar said the huge business opportunity was worth the considerable political risk. He also stressed UN support of the Kuwaiti mediation efforts to solve the crisis.
Gabriel said that, while the reaction sounded harsh, many demands were no longer mentioned. There are limited choices for the four countries that are blockading Qatar as the military option appears to be off the table and diplomatic pressure on Qatar will split the Gulf Cooperation Council, he says. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said at a joint press conference that further steps against Qatar will be taken at the appropriate time in line with the international law.
He added that economic boycott against Qatar will remain until the country changes its policies for the better. Sheikh Mohammed said that whatever Saudi Arabia and its allies take against Qatar should be based in international law. We want to eradicate all sorts of terrorism. This is why we said we will cooperate with Kuwait in mediating this [Gulf] crisis.
The Qatari diplomat also said that the demands put to Doha by Saudi Arabia and its allies were impossible to meet. Here are some excerpts from the press conference. Saad al-Kaabi was speaking at a press conference on Tuesday where he announced the company would be increasing its natural gas output by 30 percent by The two leaders stressed the need to resolve the Gulf crisis through dialogue and diplomatic means, as well as back the mediation efforts of Kuwait, Qatar News Agency said in a statement.
He was speaking at a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir in the Saudi city of Jeddah, during a tour of the Gulf region. The tension and dispute between the Gulf countries is completely irrelevant [to the base]. Alpha Conde, the chairperson of the African Union and president of Guinea, has called for a peaceful end of the Gulf diplomatic dispute. Conde was speaking at the opening of the 29th African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital, Adis Ababa.
The response will be the focus of a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday of foreign ministers from the four countries that have cut ties with Qatar. The phone call dealt with the latest developments of the GCC crisis and its implications in the region. The call also reviewed the American position, as well as international stances regarding the crisis, which call for dialogue and diplomacy in order to maintain the security and stability of the region, reported the QNA.
The two sides also reviewed the strategic bilateral ties between the two nations and the means to enhance and develop them. Kuwait had received a response by Qatar to list of 13 demands imposed on it by a Saudi-led bloc of Arab countries, state news agency KUNA said on Monday.
After more than two weeks, the four countries gave Doha a day ultimatum, which expired on Sunday night, to comply with a point demand list in exchange for the end of the anti-Qatar measures. Kuwait has received a response by Qatar to list of 13 demands imposed on it by a Saudi-led bloc of Arab countries, state news agency KUNA said on Monday, but has asked those countries to extend a deadline for compliance by forty-eight more hours.
Kuwait is mediating in the crisis. We are ready. Giles Trendle, the acting managing director of Al Jazeera English, said on Saturday that the Doha-based media network would not be closing despite demands by Saudi Arabia and its allies. Lalive, which specialises in mass claims, said it will pursue the cases in local and international tribunals. The Kremlin said in a statement the Russian and Qatari leaders also discussed cooperation between their countries in energy and investment.
Putin stressed the need for direct dialogue between all governments involved in the dispute, which is exerting a negative influence on the Middle East , the Kremlin said. Turkey says the Turkish troop deployment to Qatar aims to enhance regional security and is not aimed against any specific country. Turkey has said that the rights of Qatar should be respected in resolving an escalating dispute between Doha and its neighbours. Tesco Bank said it had halted dealings in the riyal, while Barclays stopped trading riyals for retail customers but continued the service for corporate customers, a source said.
A spokeswoman for HSBC said on Friday that the bank was still providing riyals for high street customers. The Committee to Protect Journalists CPJ urges the Saudi-led bloc to drop its demand to shut media outlets funded by Qatar as a condition to lift the blockade against it.
Qatar Central Bank QCB says it will guarantee all exchange transactions for customers inside and outside the country without delay, adding that all banks and foreign exchange companies are committed to trading the riyal as usual. Qatar is willing to work together with other Gulf countries blockading it in order to reach a resolution to the Gulf dispute, its foreign minister has said, stressing, however, that his country will not discuss any measures that impinge on its sovereignty.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani made the comments on Washington, DC, on Thursday, the last day of a visit to the United States where he had been holding a series of key meetings aimed at resolving the crisis. He said that approval of future arms sales would be held up until there is a clear path for settling the major diplomatic crisis in the Gulf. National carrier Qatar Airways and Hamad International Airport in the Qatari capital of Doha reported an exceptionally high volume of traffic during the Eid-al Fitr holiday period despite regional travel restrictions imposed by neighbouring countries amid the Gulf crisis.
Hamad International Airport officials said the total number of passengers travelling on all airlines, including Qatar Airways, in June reached , Hamad International Airport recently reported that it served 19 million passengers from January to June , 8 percent up compared with the same period in The meeting between Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik and his Qatari counterpart, Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, will take place in the defence ministry, sources who could not be identified due to restrictions on speaking to the media told Anadolu.
Haley was testifying before the House Foreign Affairs committee on Wednesday when she was asked about her take on the crisis in the Gulf amid conflicting statements made by members of the Trump administration. Migrants from countries such as Bangladesh , India, Pakistan and Nepal employed to work as farmers and domestic staff in Saudi Arabia are stranded without shelter and access to money after a decision by the kingdom to expel their Qatari bosses, according to a human rights group.
Marri said that many of those affected were farmers who drive livestock between the two neighbouring countries. They have no shelter and cannot access money. Marri did not say which Swiss firm would be employed, but said a statement would be released in the near future. We do not promote the idea of press freedom.
What we talk about is responsibility in speech. Speech in our part of the world has a particular context, and that context can go from peaceful to violent in no time simply because of worlds that are spoken. Anything else is rejected. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says there will be no negotiations over a list of demands the kingdom and its allies have submitted to Qatar to end the Gulf crisis. A trade association representing more than 80 media companies has voiced its support for Al Jazeera amid a Saudi-led campaign to have the network shut down.
In a statement released on Monday, Digital Content Next joined a host of media outlets and organisations that have announced their support for Al Jazeera against calls for its closure. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel urged all sides in the Gulf diplomatic crisis to hold direct talks to avoid a further escalation.
The Qatari riyal has strengthened against the US dollar in the forward market after two days of sharp falls caused by the continued diplomatic rift between Qatar and neighbouring Arab powers. One-month riyal forwards showed the currency marked as firm as 3. Three-month forwards also saw the riyal strengthening to 3. The report said Qatari students were not allowed to complete their exams at the end of the academic year and were refused certificates of graduation.
It has nothing to do what is going on between us and Qatar. We are deeply proud of our journalism. We respect — and give thanks to — everyone we report about, and everyone we inform. We remain resolute in carrying out our responsibility of providing reliable information, and giving those we cover a voice. We are unwavering in our resolve to continue doing so, and we will proceed to tell the stories of the world from Kabul to Caracas and from Mosul to Sydney.
We will continue to do our job with integrity. We will continue to be courageous in the pursuit of the truth. Read the full letter here. Most of my friends also have relatives there. The ambassador said that no evidence had been provided to support the allegations made against Qatar , adding that they had been made in a sudden manner. He pointed out that there had been many meetings held under the GCC umbrella over the past few months — none of which saw these allegations surface.
The first deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Kuwait , the country leading mediation efforts to defuse the Gulf crisis, held a series of telephone conversations on Saturday with several international diplomats, according to state-run media. He pointed out that there were many meetings held under the GCC umbrella over the last few months — none of which saw these allegations surface. The first deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Kuwait , the country leading mediation efforts to defuse the Gulf crisis, held on Saturday a series of telephone conversations with several international diplomats, according to state-run media.
In a statement, FMLN called for a peaceful solution to the crisis through diplomatic and political channels. The comments come after the four countries presented a list of 13 demands to Qatar on Thursday, according to a report by the state-run Qatar News Agency. National Human Rights Committee NHRC has said a point list of demands submitted to Qatar contain conditions that violate human rights conventions and other relevant international and regional agreements.
Its statement on Friday said Saudi Arabia and its allies were demanding gross violations of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the right to nationality and the right to asylum, which was against international law. It called on all international human rights organisations to take prompt action to end this illegal siege and to prevent the implementation of those conditions which are contrary to human rights conventions.
He handed over a copy of a formal request for opening a permanent office of ICAO in Qatar and received an immediate approval. Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, would not comment on specific demands that Saudi Arabia and its allies have placed on Qatar. But he said he was not going to get into the middle of the discussion. Its Arabic outlet has been accused in the past of being antisemitic and partisan. The group has interests in automotive, logistics, media, hospitality, real estate, retail, and catering.
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