World Qatar hits out at neighbors as Arab rift enters third week

09:55  19 june  2017
09:55  19 june  2017 Source:   Reuters

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Tags. Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar as rift deepens.

Some Qatari banks are having to pay more to obtain funding, but they are not running out of money. "We're unscathed so far," one Qatari banker said. Qatar central bank governor Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud al-Thani referred to such ties in a statement this week , saying Qatari banks' presence in

Man walks on the corniche in Doha © REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon Man walks on the corniche in Doha Qatar hit out on Monday at four Arab nations for cutting diplomatic ties and transport links over Doha's alleged support for terrorism, accusing them of a "publicity stunt" aimed solely at attacking its image and reputation.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar on June 5 in the worst diplomatic crisis in the region in years.

"The blockade has been ongoing for two weeks and the blockading nations have offered no formula for resolving the crisis," Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed al-Thani, Director of Qatar's Government Communications Office, said in a statement.

"It is unfortunate that our neighbors have chosen to invest their time and resources in a baseless propaganda campaign... The blockading nations are using terrorism as a publicity stunt."

The four countries accuse Qatar of fomenting instability in the Middle East, funding terrorism and cozying up to Shi'te power Iran, accusations that Qatar denies.

(Reporting by Tom Finn; Editing by William Maclean and John Stonestreet)

Qatar's neighbors issue steep list of demands to end crisis .
<p>Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and close down a Turkish military base in Qatar.</p>In a 13-point list — presented to the Qataris by Kuwait, which is helping mediate the crisis — the countries also demand that Qatar sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and with other groups including Hezbollah, al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the list in Arabic from one of the countries involved in the dispute.

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