Iran offers Qatar use its key southern ports

With the modern glass and steel buildings of the skyline in Doha, Qatar, serving as the backdrop, a traditional wooden fishing dhow is seen in port in February.

The major diplomatic rift - caused by the abrupt decision by several Arab countries to cut ties with Qatar after they accused its government of supporting terrorism - has been called baseless by Qatar's leaders.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain lead 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.

But Mr Trump said that he, Mr Tillerson and military leaders decided during his trip to Saudi Arabia last month that a public rebuke was needed.

Analysts have raised the prospect of a palace coup in Qatar, a hereditary monarchy with a history of such changes in leadership.

"Having internal Arab messes like this escalate and get more complicated makes it pretty clear that the Arab world is far away from solving other issues like Palestine or Iraq or even the relationship with Iran". "It has to stop supporting terrorist organisations, Sunni or Shiah, and its policy has to be for the benefit of its people".

Ankara has taken Doha's side in the dispute, urging a boycott of Saudi products and having its parliament draft a bill ready to support the tiny Gulf state militarily should the need arise.

"Qatar has made efforts to prosecute significant terrorist financiers".

They also banned Qatar Airways from their airspace and closed Qatar's only land border with Saudi Arabia, moves Doha's foreign minister termed a "blockade". According to Stratfor, remarks at the Conference and a series of editorials written by participants argued that U.S. policy should have as its emphasis to "oastracie, isolate and delegitimize" the Muslim Brotherhood and their sponsors in Qatar.

These measures are created to compel Qatar to align with the Saudi-led consensus on Iran.

Kuwait, which has not joined its neighbours against Qatar, has been leading mediation efforts and on Sunday Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled Al-Sabah said that would continue.

"At this stage, we note that there are numerous uncertainties regarding Qatar's response, the extent to which these measures will be imposed, and their longevity", said the credit rating agency.

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies may have felt emboldened to move against Qatar by Trump's visit last month to Riyadh, which saw the president clearly align U.S. interests with the kingdom and lash out at Iran.

The ostracism of Qatar by other powerful Arab states is deepening divisions between their respective allies vying for influence in wars and political struggles from Libya to Yemen.

Trump's call to the Qatari emir comes a day after the President spoke by telephone with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdelaziz and expressed to him the importance of unity against terrorism in the Persian Gulf.

The Qatar-based satellite news network Al-Jazeera said Thursday that it was being buffeted by increasingly serious electronic intrusions that it described as "systematic and continual".

Amnesty International has said that the Gulf states opposed to Qatar were "toying" with people. The Qatar Foreign Ministry repeated this information in its statement, adding that the news item did not reflect the truth and requesting that other media outlets ignore the "fake" piece of news.

"We can live forever like this, we are well prepared", Sheikh Mohammed said.

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