United States committed to de-escalating tensions after gulf rift: White House

06 Juin, 2017, 10:27 | Author: Claudine Rigal

Airlines suspended flights and residents nervous about the peninsula's lone land border closing cleaned out grocery store shelves.

Qatar Emir Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani waits for the arrival of US Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of their meeting, at Diwan Palace in Doha, Qatar on August 3, 2015.

"I think what we're witnessing is a growing list of disbelief in the countries for some time, and they've bubbled up to take action in order to have those differences addressed", he said.

Egyptians seeking to escape economic crisis at home have poured into the Gulf and many of them in Qatar were panicked by the latest diplomatic rift, in which Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have accused Doha of backing terrorism."My phone has not stopped ringing since 4 a.m.", Mohammed al-Iraqi, the head of the Egyptian community in Qatar, told Reuters by telephone from Doha."Egyptians are scared".

Libya, Yemen and the Maldives also severed ties with Qatar on the same day.

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"However, the Qatar crisis can have an indirect impact on Turkey both negatively and positively", the expert said. It did not elaborate.

The move comes after Al-Jazeera has promoted terrorist propaganda and plots, supported Houthi militias in Yemen, and tried to compromise Saudi security by inciting public unrest which is aimed at harming the kingdom's sovereignty, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Monday. Egypt's Foreign Ministry accused Qatar of taking an "antagonist approach" toward Cairo and said "all attempts to stop it from supporting terrorist groups failed".

Back in 2014, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar for several months in protest over alleged interference in their affairs. The countries also said they would eject Qatar's diplomats.

All the nations also said they planned to cut air and sea traffic. The Qatar Stock Exchange fell more than 7 percent in trading Monday.

Airlines from numerous affected countries, including Bahrain's Gulf Air, Etihad Airways and Emirates, say they plan to cancel flights to and from the Qatari capital Doha starting from Tuesday morning. On its website, the carrier said the suspension of its flights would take effect Tuesday and customers are being offered a refund.

"Equally, the litany of narrowbody jets that Qatar Airways has to park which can't be used for intra-GCC flights will hit operations at Doha since ramp space will be at a premium - this could lead to flight delays and incur more costs".

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