Tillerson skips OAS meeting to focus on Gulf crisis

Shi'ite Muslim Iran repeated accusations that Saudi Arabia funds Sunni Islamist militants, including Islamic State.

The statement said that the three countries and their diplomatic missions "feel sorry" for Al Hussein's statement at a time when negotiations remain ongoing regarding the crisis. [2] Middle East Monitor. "We pay a great attention to our relations with them", he said. The Qatar government has been accused by neighbouring countries as well as the US President Donald Trump of supporting terror groups and having links to Iran.

The statement further added that the two top diplomats of Saudi Arabia and Egypt demanded from the ex-president to declare his support in the isolation of Qatar.

Bahrain's official TV "deliberately presented it (the phone call) as a support by Qatar to the Al-Wefaq ... and a direct interference in Bahrain's internal affairs in a naive and blatant attempt to misrepresent and twist facts and take them out of their proper context", the ministry said.

Against this background of continued tensions, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey's foreign minister, held talks in Saudi Arabia with the king, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, on Friday.

Saudi Arabia said yesterday a Turkish military base similar to that built in neighboring Qatar would not be welcome in the kingdom, insisting it is "not needed". "They don't like Qatar's punching above its weight".

Qatari special forces on patrol in Doha. It severed trade relations with Israel in 2009 following Operation Cast Lead.

"We have intelligence that Saudi Arabia is actively engaged in promoting terrorist groups operating on the eastern side of Iran in Baluchistan", Zarif said. "I'm not sure it's fair to say we are seeing a Saudi Arabia looking to dominate its neighbors".

The recent terrorist attacks in Tehran and Qum and the allegations of Iranian leaders that Saudi Arabia was responsible for conducting such attacks has made the position of Pakistan quite delicate.

The television channel has always been a target for criticism by other Middle East countries, with Al-Jazeera banned on several occasions by countries such as Egypt. Al Jazeera has championed a more critical and open outlook when reporting on neighboring countries.

In Teitelbaum's view, there is a good chance the crisis will be calmed through a face-saving arrangement as it was in 2014 - until tensions break out again. When it is becoming obvious that the very goal of Riyadh summit and the so-called IMA was to isolate Iran and now Qatar, Pakistan must seek an immediate withdrawal from that alliance before it is too late and the sectarian divide in the Gulf destabilises the state and society of Pakistan.



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