'Qatar must do more to combat extremism,' says Tillerson

'Qatar must do more to combat extremism,' says Tillerson

'Qatar must do more to combat extremism,' says Tillerson

Qatar says its foreign minister has spoken to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Would-be mediators including US President Donald Trump and Kuwait's ruling emir have struggled to ease a crisis that Qataris say has led to a blockade of their nation.

The publication of the sanctions list comes amid increasing efforts by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain to diplomatically and physically isolate the tiny but wealthy Gulf state of Qatar, which has been subjected to a series of co-ordinated measures in the past five days.

Mr Tillerson said the blockade was having humanitarian consequences. Would export of food be another example of that "nefarious", "destabilizing" Iranian behavior we keep hearing about?

The Saudis and U.A.E. have hinted they'll take further steps to make the point, including curbs on bank lending to Qatar and transactions in its riyal currency. The kingdom remains the most powerful country in the region, and the partnership has always been a pillar of regional USA policy. Qatar has the largest USA military base in the Middle East, and Tillerson said, "the blockade is hindering US military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS".

Less than two hours later, however, Trump struck a decidedly different tone, seeming to walk back Tillerson's efforts while reigniting the issue. But at the Pentagon, a spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said only long-term military planning was affected. "All of our supplies are getting in just fine". Davis said the Defense Logistics Agency "is looking at a number of contingencies if the thing should come about, but at this point there's no impact on our operations".

The training and assistance mission will boost the "security of the entire region", the Qatari foreign minister said, as reported by RT. During the USA -led coalition's invasion of Iraq, Al Jazeera openly sided with the remnants of Saddam Hussein's forces as they targeted American troops and allies.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain led a string of countries that this week cut ties with Qatar over what they say is the emirate's financing of extremist groups and its ties to Iran, Saudi Arabia's regional arch-rival.

As is the practice in several Arab Gulf countries, the children can inherit only their father's nationality.

President Donald Trump is ramping up pressure on Qatar to stop what he calls a "high level" of financial support of terrorism, even as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tries to calm the worst diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf in years. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir told reporters in Paris on Tuesday that Qatar must sever ties with Hamas and its historic parent, the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood. The hack, which USA officials reportedly believe was carried out by Russian Federation, includes the posting of a fake news story.

All countries in the energy-rich region depend on imports, but Qatar's main trade routes connect by land with Saudi Arabia and by sea via ports in the UAE All but one of the 26 container ships that called on Qatar last month stopped at one or more ports in the UAE, Bloomberg tracking data show.

In addition to the humanitarian and military effects, Tillerson said the blockade is affecting USA and global companies' abilities to operate in the region.

Tillerson is also calling on Qatar to address the concerns of other Arab nations.

Qatar has angered its neighbours for years by supporting the Brotherhood, a decades-old underground movement that calls for rule based on Islamic principles. "But he must do more and he must do it more quickly".

Saudi Arabia dwarfs Qatar on nearly any measure, yet there are plenty of ways the tussle between the Gulf neighbors could end up hurting the world's biggest oil exporter - even if it wins.

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