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Putin, Saudi King Discuss Qatar Diplomatic Crisis

18 June 2017

The Amnesty's Secretary General Salil Shetty made the remarks while meeting with Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri, the chairman of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar, who had paid a visit to the rights body's headquarters in London, Arabic-language daily Alquds Alarabi reported on Tuesday.

Al-Baker's entreaty comes one week after three Gulf countries - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain - abruptly shut all their land-, sea- and air-ports with Qatar.

Al Emadi said in an interview broadcast on CNBC that the plunge in Qatari assets last week was a "normal" reaction to the Gulf countries' move to cut diplomatic and transport links with Qatar.

The split between Qatar and Saudi Arabia has led to a great disruption of trade and geopolitical alliances and has forced the country to depend on local products.

Still, Jubeir says Saudi Arabia is willing to provide food and medical supplies through the King Salman Center, a Saudi humanitarian agency.

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He also blamed the USA of "fueling the crisis" in the Gulf Arab region which marks the worst since 1992 when a border shooting between Qatar and Saudi Arabia triggered tensions.

He said that Qatar has "practically been sentenced to the death penalty" and added that "it is neither humane nor Islamic to attempt to isolate a country's people in every area from food, to drink, to travel, to commerce, to worship".

He is also expected to discuss the issue with U.S. President Donald Trump in the upcoming days.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

"Qatar has shown the most decisive stance against the terrorist organisation Islamic State alongside Turkey".

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Doha has vehemently denied the allegations, suggesting the decision to sever ties was pre-meditated and based on "fabricated claims".

Turkey has also maintained workable relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia's chief regional foe.

The measures have prompted investors and economists to ponder how long Qatar, the world's biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, can weather the pressure without having to devalue its currency or sell any of its global assets.

Pakistan has also said it will not take part in any military action against a Muslim country.

The president has previously spoken by phone with the leaders of Qatar, Russia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in a bid to ease the row.

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