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Saudi Arabia, allies issue Qatar-linked terror blacklist

09 June 2017

Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said the country has not been presented with a list of demands by the nations that cut diplomatic and transport ties, but said the dispute must be solved peacefully.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and other countries severed diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this week and cut off air, sea and land travel to the peninsular nation.

Several other countries later followed suit.

Qatar has played down media reports that its military has been on "high alert" along its land border with Saudi Arabia since a diplomatic crisis has erupted between Doha and its Gulf neighbours.

"We have been isolated because we are successful and progressive".

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'We have moved from breaking diplomatic relations to a comprehensive blockade of worldwide conventions and human rights, not only for Qataris but also for citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, ' he said in press conference.

In this February 6, 2012 photo, then-Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, center, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, and then-Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal, arrive to sign an agreement in Doha, Qatar. In fact in 2014, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain recalled their respective ambassadors from Qatar. "Open channels of communication means venues for conflict resolution", he said.

"We're not anxious about a food shortage, we're fine". Home to some 10,000 troops, Al-Udeid is central to the US-led fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Qatar's sudden isolation has led to the country holding talks with Turkey, Iran and others to secure food and water supplies. On Wednesday, the UAE suggested it may put an embargo in place against Qatar.

The small Gulf Arab state is a critical global supplier of gas and hosts the biggest USA military base in the Middle East.

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Trump's call to the Qatari emir comes a day after the president spoke by telephone with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdelaziz and expressed to him the importance of unity against terrorism in the Persian Gulf.

Qatari officials declined to comment on Gargash's comments.

On Thursday, Sheikh Mohammed told the AP that Sheikh Tamim "is not going to leave the country while the country is in blockade", in effect turning down the offer of mediation.

The US also "offered to help the parties resolve their differences, including through a meeting at the White House if necessary". It quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying Thursday that Putin wasn't scheduled to meet with Al Thani. In an interview published by Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said conditions posed by the four countries for a resolution of the crisis were "crystal clear".

For the Qataris, the U.S. military presence is also a form of security for the tiny Gulf nation - despite a vast amount of oil wealth, with which it buys the majority of its planes and other military equipment from the United States, it has only a modest military force of roughly 12,000 troops total.

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