Qatar open to talks to resolve crisis: Foreign Minister

He offered no documents to support his claim, but Western officials long have accused Qatar's government of allowing or even encouraging funding of some Sunni extremists.

This is evidenced not only by a series of tweets defending Riyadh's actions, which he said he hoped would "be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism" but also by a large weapons deal with Saudi Arabia secured during Trump's recent trip to the kingdom.

His defence secretary, James Mattis, also spoke to his Qatari counterpart to express commitment to the Gulf region's security.

For example, we recognize that Qatar continues to make efforts to stop the financing of terrorist groups.

"Russia has absolutely no interest in pitting the United States and Qatar".

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The timing could also be aimed at blunting the impact of Comey's testimony before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday. He served as Assistant Attorney General between 2003-2005, heading the Criminal Division, under the George W.

In a statement released on Wednesday, UAE's Attorney General Hamad Saif al-Shamsi said sympathising with Qatar was a cybercrime punishable by law.

USA investigators have reportedly determined that Russian hackers last month breached Qatar's state news agency and planted a fake news report about the nation's leader that set off a crisis among some of America's closest Gulf allies.

On top of a possible jail term of 15 years, offenders would also be hit with a fine of at least 500,000 dirhams, (£100,000) the newspaper said.

Its flag carrier Qatar Airways now flies increasingly over Iran and Turkey after being blocked elsewhere in the Middle East. Emirati officials also shut down the airline's offices in the UAE on Wednesday.

Putin had a telephone conversation with the emir of Qatar Tuesday, urging dialogue.

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However, Jordan was taking the terror allegations into consideration and acting accordingly, he said, downgrading diplomatic ties with the beleaguered state and kicking out Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news organization.

It was already having tangible effects, with dozens of flights cancelled, Qatari planes barred from regional airspace, and panic buying in Doha amid fears of food shortages.

Qatar's stock index was roughly unchanged after plummeting 8.7 percent over the last two days.

While most of the Gulf Cooperation Council members have cut ties, Kuwait's Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber Al-Sabah, is seeking a diplomatic solution. "We have no plans to change our posture in Qatar".

Granted, a lot of the region at this time, including Qatar, was still under British protection and influence, much to the frustration of a swath of the country's residents, so, of course, not all was well in the region. This, the sources reportedly said, was possibly done to create a rift between the USA and its Gulf allies.

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Bans on Doha's fleet using regional ports and anchorages are threatening to halt some of its exports and disrupt those of liquefied natural gas.

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