US urges Gulf states to ease blockade against Qatar

"We will never be ready to surrender the independence of our foreign policy", Sheikh Mohammed told reporters in Doha.

"The state of Qatar, in accordance to its firm beliefs and principles, works on avoiding political conflicts with states and governments when dealing with their people", the ministry said.

Saudi Arabia and the other nations cited Qatar's relations with Iran, as well as what they say is Qatar's support for extremist groups such as Hamas, al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Several other countries later followed suit.

Mr Trump said Qatar has historically been a funder of terrorism at a "very high level" and that he had decided it was time to call on the country to stop.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan made his plea during a visit to Istanbul on Saturday by Bahrain's foreign minister, Sheikh Khaled Al Khalifa, for talks on the crisis.

"We have been isolated because we are successful and progressive". "We lead the region in attacking the roots of terrorism", the Qatari statement said.

Saudi Arabia's closure of Qatar's only land border sparked fears of major price hikes and food shortages for its population of 2.7 million people, with long queues forming as some supermarkets began running out of stock.

Media captionThe economic disruption could have an impact on Qatar if the dispute drags on.

- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says reports linking Russian hackers to Qatar crisis are "mass disinformation".

Turkey's parliament, on the other hand, has approved sending troops to an existing Turkish base in Qatar as a sign of support.

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Less than two hours later, however, Trump struck a decidedly different tone, seeming to walk back Tillerson's efforts while reigniting the issue.

The training and assistance mission will boost the "security of the entire region", the Qatari foreign minister said, as reported by RT.

June 8: Apparently having been told that Qatar is an ally which hosts both CENTCOM and a huge U.S. military base, Trump offers up Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to mediate the dispute.

"We don't see a military solution as an option" to the crisis, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said.

"The emir is wise not to speak", said Faraj, a Qatari engineer working for a telecommunications company.

The UAE ambassador to Washington, Yousef Al Otaiba, welcomed Mr Trump's comments, saying "the president is absolutely right, stopping funding for extremism means starting with Qatar".

In his remarks, Trump said he has just returned from a historic trip to Europe and the Middle East, where he worked to strengthen its alliances, forge new friendships and unite all civilized peoples in the fight against terrorism.

Egypt and Bahrain, which on Monday cut ties with Qatar and accused it of fomenting instability, tightened their squeeze by putting dozens of figures with links to the tiny, wealthy nation on terrorism blacklists.

"The feeling here is that it is going to take a while to fix".

The UAE hailed Mr Trump's "leadership".

Qatar would not yield to it, he said. In April, Qatar Petroleum's President and CEO Saad Sherida al-Kaabi told The Associated Press that Qatar and Iran "have an excellent political relationship" as well as an "excellent technical relationship". Like that of Berlin.

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