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Tehran says Saudi coastguard killed Iranian fisherman

Qatar Saudi-led sanctions ‘harsher than Berlin wall Qatar signs multi billion dollar arms deal with USA
Sammy Stanley | 29 June, 2017, 09:09

"Emiratis, not Qataris, were among the hijackers who flew planes into the Twin Towers, " Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani, who became Qatar's ambassador to Washington in April, said.

The lobbying campaign, organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, cited Qatar's support for radical Islamic terrorist groups as the chief reason for international pressure.

Qatar has been accused of funding terrorism, a charge it denies.

The diplomatic and economic isolation of Qatar can last "years" if Doha does not address the concerns of Riyadh and Abu Dhabi over its "perverted view", the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said on Monday.

Touching upon this, Kiziltas said Turkey "by its mediation diplomacy, wants to convey to these countries that the policy of isolation of Qatar can at any time be used against them by interested forces". "They have to lift the blockade to start negotiations", he told reporters.

"Until now we didn't see any progress about lifting the blockade, which is the precondition for anything to move forward", al-Thani said.

In a sign of support for the tiny Arab country, Turkey's parliament approved a legislation on Wednesday, allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar. Its state-funded pan-Arab news channel Al Jazeera showed footage of a column of armoured personnel carriers flying the Turkish flag inside the Tariq bin Ziyad military base in Doha.

In addition to severing diplomatic ties, the Gulf states have blocked Qatar's access to their airspace, shipping lanes and ports.

Iran warns United States against 'dangerous' Syria escalation
In 2012, President Obama famously warned that the use of chemical weapons use would constitute a red line , triggering US action. Days later, President Donald Trump ordered a retaliatory cruise missile strike on a Syrian government-controlled air base.

"Saudi Arabia and some of the region's Arab countries have become a puppet of the United States of America, and pre-planned tensions in the region will only have the USA exploit resources of Arab-Islamic countries" and intensify an arms race among Arab states, Major General Seyed Yahya Rahim Safavi said on Sunday.

Back then, the Saudis hosted telethons to support Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood chapter that builds tunnels from Gaza into Israel for terror attacks and stockpiles crude rockets to launch into Jewish population centers.

Last week, Qatar's navy carried out three days of joint training exercises with the U.S. navy.

The Qatar Financial Centre, which administers special rules for foreign-owned companies operating in Qatar, said it has no plans to take any action against Saudi Arabian, Emirati or Bahraini firms in response to their governments' sanctions against Doha.

Abadi's meeting with King Salman of Saudi Arabia will be their second meeting this year as the neighbours try to heal a rift over Iraq's alliance with Shi'ite Iran. "There was shooting by Saudi border guards. and one Iranian fisherman was killed", the semi-official agency quoted an Interior Ministry official as saying.

Those business relationships now seem to be playing out in Trump's newly-hostile foreign policy towards Qatar in their feud with Saudi Arabia and the UAE. While Turkey's foreign minister made stops in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar last week, Turkish officials have engaged in an increasingly strident war of words with their UAE counterparts since the crisis began on June 5.

His statement came a day after the deadline set for Qataris to leave three Arab Gulf countries - UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain - expired.

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