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11 June 2017

"We are an independent country with sovereignty and we refuse any custody over Qatar", he said, speaking at the ministry of foreign affairs. But so did its accusers like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirate, UAE.

In an extraordinary broadside against a key USA partner, President Donald Trump lambasted Qatar on Friday for funding terrorism "at a very high level" and insisted that it stop.

"We don't see a military solution as an option" to the crisis, he says. Imports from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan account accounted for about 16 per cent of Qatar's total imports in 2016, or three per cent of GDP.

After cutting ties with Qatar earlier this week, Saudi Arabia in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency said that "fighting terrorism is no longer a choice, rather a commitment requiring decisive and swift action to cut off all funding sources for terrorism regardless of its financier". Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis have emphasized the need for Gulf unity and the importance of the United States partnership with Qatar, home to the Al Udeid Air Base, the main regional center for air missions against ISIS.

"Only through direct dialogue it is possible to better understand each other's concerns, look at the ways of solving these concerns, ensure transparency in all these issues".

"The investigation team confirmed that the hack was carried out using innovative technological methods by exploiting an electronic gap on the website of the Qatar News Agency", the report said.

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Turkey has brought forward a troop deployment to Qatar and pledged to provide food and water supplies to its Arab ally, which hosts a Turkish military base.

Bahrain is warning the island's media outlets not to "publish or circulate anything that condones or justifies Qatari policies by any means". "Nations came together and spoke to me about confronting Qatar over its behaviors", he said. They also warned that anyone who expresses support for Qatar online faces imprisonment and hefty fines. Saudi Arabia and the US were completely opposed to the programme.

Jubeir declined to confirm a list of 10 demands published by Al Jazeera, which included shutting down the widely watched, Doha-based satellite network, but added that Qatar knew what it needed to do to restore normal relations. It already had blocked Qatar Airlines flights as local airlines had cut their own routes to Doha.

In an interview with AFP, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said calls for a change in Qatari policy from Saudi Arabia and its allies, which cut diplomatic ties with Doha this week, were unacceptable.

Putin had a telephone conversation with the emir of Qatar Tuesday, urging dialogue. Qatar has denied the allegations. It's also a home to the forward headquarters of the US military's central command in the region.

Analysts view the division as the biggest diplomatic crisis between regional neighbors since the Gulf War of the early '90s.

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A certain amount of shipments, he said, could be diverted to Qatar. This dispute is threatening the stability of the entire region. The Qatari Embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment. Doha is a major worldwide travel hub, but flagship carrier Qatar Airways now flies increasingly over Iran and Turkey after being blocked elsewhere in the Middle East.

For Saudi Arabia, the moment Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al Thani called Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to congratulate him on his re-election late last month, shots had been fired.

The two held talks, though details of their discussions were not released.

Emirati officials also shut down the airline's offices in the UAE on Wednesday.

Shi'ite Muslim Iran blamed Sunni arch-rival Saudi Arabia for the attack, which was claimed by the Sunni Islamic State militant group.

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