Arab states in row with Qatar laud Trump's supportive stance

The deal to deploy Turkish troops in Qatar, aimed at improving the country's army and boosting military cooperation, was signed in April 2016 in Doha.

Qatar is reaching out for support overseas as it has fallen out with its Arab neighbours, who accuse it of sponsoring extremist groups and resent its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood movement and sponsorship of Al-Jazeera network. Turkey has also pledged to provide food and water supplies to Qatar.

Saudi Arabia on June 10 praised Trump for his remarks about Qatar.

On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he had never known Qatar to support terrorist groups and called for the blockade to be fully lifted.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation with Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani reaffirmed Moscow was firmly in favor of tackling crises by political and diplomatic means through a dialogue.

"And of course it is important to see beyond the events the main thing - and the main threat both for the region's country and beyond the region, we believe, is terrorism", Lavrov said.

Majority of Qatar's white sugar imports, estimated at around 100,000 tonnes annually, come from the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

"Fighting terrorism and extremism 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", the Saudi Press Agency cited an official source as saying.

Qatar's Sheikh Mohammed says his country has been isolated "because we are successful and progressive", calling his country "a platform for peace not terrorism".

There was no immediate reaction from Qatar, which hosts some 10,000 US troops.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson walks in to a news conference to speak about Qatar at the State Department in Washington, Friday June 9, 2017.

The Arab countries closed air, sea and land links with Qatar, barred the emirate's planes from their airspace and ordered Qatari citizens out within 14 days.

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE made no mention of Mr Tillerson's call. "People from across the region - not only from Qatar, but also from the states implementing these measures - risk losing jobs and having their education disrupted", said James Lynch, Deputy Director of Amnesty International's Global Issues Programme, who was in Doha last week.

"There can be no justification for tearing families apart, suppressing peaceful expression, and leaving migrant workers abandoned and at risk", said Lynch.



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