UAE ruling family member: Qatar now questioning its leaders

UAE ruling family member: Qatar now questioning its leaders

Arab nations that have isolated Qatar are not trying to escalate the crisis by their latest move - putting dozens of Qatar-linked people on terrorism blacklists, a senior UAE official said on Friday. "We have strategic reserves in place since 2014, we don't see that life will be affected".

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Gulf States could resolve the row with Qatar among themselves without outside help.

"The publishing of the "terrorism list" is a chance for the brother (Qatar) to review its is a chance to change direction away from stubbornness and escalation".

Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers, a major recipient of Qatari aid, have called Saudi Arabia's call for Qatar to cut ties with the Palestinian militant group "regrettable" and said it contradicts traditional Arab support for the Palestinian cause.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has warned its citizens against publicly expressing anything in favour of Qatar after several Arab nations chose to sever ties with Doha.

He insisted that despite a partial blockade by its neighbours, Qatar could survive "forever", and ruled out "a military solution as an option" to end the most serious rift in the GCC's history.

Koseoglu also said there were reports that legislation to deploy Turkish troops to Qatar, first agreed in May, could be fast-tracked through Turkey's parliament on Wednesday night.

President Trump urged Gulf unity in a call to Saudi Arabia's King Salman, US officials said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Qatari armed forces that had been stationed in Saudi Arabia as part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen returned home on Wednesday, state television reported on its Twitter account.

The Arab states accuse Qatar of supporting extremism, a charge Doha firmly denies. "Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!"

"We don't see that he's pointing fingers at Qatar", Qatar's ambassador to Washington, Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani said.

It's said that one of the reasons why Saudi Arabia snapped its ties with Qatar was its closeness to the Muslim Brotherhood.

"The decisions that were made were very strong and will have a fairly large cost on Qatar and we do not believe that Qataris want to sustain those costs".

On Thursday, Egypt urged the UN Security Council to launch an investigation into accusations that Qatar paid a ransom of up to $1 billion (Dh3.67bn) "to a terrorist group active in Iraq" to release kidnapped members of its royal family.

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