Russian Federation touts dialogue in addressing Qatar crisis

Russian Federation touts dialogue in addressing Qatar crisis

Russian Federation touts dialogue in addressing Qatar crisis

"We have observed with concern the news of this escalation", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in opening remarks of his meeting with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in Moscow.

The objective of the troop deployment "is to help foster security and stability across the Gulf", Cavusoglu said after talks attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said he wanted all parties to end the standoff before the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, around June 25.

Saudi Arabia and three other countries severed ties to Qatar on Monday and moved to cut off land, sea and air routes to the energy-rich nation, accusing it of supporting regional terror groups.

The article quoted Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani as cautioning against confrontation with Iran, as well as defending the Palestinian group Hamas and Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shi'ite movement allied with Tehran. Turkey has accelerated pre-existing plans to deploy some troops to Qatar, and Iran offered alternative transport routes and supplies of staple goods that can no longer be imported from Saudi Arabia.

S&P Global reduced the nation's credit rating to AA- from AA and put the nation on a negative watch.

Many Barcelona fans opposed the club's ties with Qatar Airways with more than 60,000 people signing a petition past year for the club to cut links with the Gulf nation.

Qatar's friends who retain a plausible chance at national leadership, in Libya and Yemen, may have the most to lose from the row. Regional tensions, already high following the diplomatic dispute, ratcheted up further after militants attacked targets in Tehran on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people.

Qatar said Friday that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke to its foreign minister and discussed the crisis, without offering specifics.

On the same day, the Saudi-run Al Arabiya carried a report titled 'Proof that Qatar News Agency was not hacked ' and listed four supposed reasons the Qatari claim was false.

Qatar's envoy to the U.S. also appealed to the Trump administration to take an objective view regarding the crisis. Qatar denies the allegations.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ratified two deals allowing Turkish troops' deployment to Qatar and training the Gulf nation's gendarmerie, according to the presidency.

A woman shops in a supermarket in Qatar's capital, Doha, Wednesday.

Turkish exporters have also pledged to provide food and water to Qatar if needed. The U.S. military has previously insisted that that it would not affect U.S. military operations in the region.

Iran, a close ally of Qatar, blamed the developments on U.S. President Donald Trump who recently visited the Middle East.

Questions have also been raised over whether Qatar should retain the right to host the 2022 football World Cup and over its economic ability to sustain the crisis.

UAE airlines Etihad and Emirates said all travellers holding Qatari passports were now prohibited from travelling to or transiting through the emirates.

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