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

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

Gulf nations may let some Qataris stay amid diplomatic rift

  Gulf nations may let some Qataris stay amid diplomatic rift Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have signaled they may allow some Qataris to stay in their countries amid a diplomatic rift with the Gulf nation. The three Gulf nations said early Sunday that officials would consider "humanitarian cases" as a deadline looms for Qataris to return home.On June 5, the countries cut diplomatic ties to Qatar and ordered all Qataris out within 14 days.For its part, Qatar issued an overnight statement saying residents living in the country from those nations that severed ties would have "complete freedom" to stay despite the "hostile and tendentious campaigns" now targeting it.

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)

Turkey's Erdogan to discuss Qatar dispute with Trump, minister says .
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump will discuss the dispute between Qatar and other Arab states in coming days, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday. Speaking in the parliament ahead of Erdogan's speech to lawmakers from his ruling AK Party, Cavusoglu said the two leaders would hold a phone call to discuss the issue.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar last week, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and their arch-adversary Iran - allegations Qatar says are baseless.

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