As Tillerson calls for calm, Trump calls out Qatar on terror

As Tillerson calls for calm, Trump calls out Qatar on terror

As Tillerson calls for calm, Trump calls out Qatar on terror

"The blockade is hindering United States military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS", Tillerson said, without providing details.

Many Barcelona fans opposed the club's ties with Qatar Airways with more than 60,000 people signing a petition past year for the club to cut links with the Gulf nation.

A picture on Facebook showed a supermarket displaying food from Turkey including milk, eggs and chicken.

Qatar does not support terrorist groups, it stressed, pointing out that "our position on countering terrorism is stronger than numerous signatories of the joint statement - a fact that has been conveniently ignored by the authors".

The Turkish leader has urged Saudi Arabia, as "the largest and most powerful state in the Gulf", to reduce tensions and lift sanctions.

"International terrorism, violent extremism and religious intolerance pose grave threat not only to regional stability but also to the global peace and order and must be confronted by all countries in a coordinated and comprehensive manner", it said.

A separate SPA report on Saturday acknowledged Tillerson's call for Qatar to curtail support for terrorism, but did not mention his remarks that the crisis was hurting ordinary Qataris, impairing business dealings and harming the U.S. fight against IS.

He has been in Russian Federation trying to shore up support against an embargo on Qatar.

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Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani spoke to Tillerson and was due in Moscow on Saturday.

"Qatar has been riding (the) tiger of extremism & terrorism".

"For us, unity is clearly necessary for maximum effect on this front (against terrorism)", he said. Though the president said others, too, were guilty of supporting terrorism, he said he would not name them.

The trio of Gulf states said earlier on Sunday that they would ease orders expelling Qataris, making some exceptions on humanitarian grounds for those married to citizens of the three countries.

Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates' minister of state for foreign affairs, retweeted the Kuwaiti remarks from France 24, and then added in a separate message: "Is this the beginning in which wisdom and reason prevail?" It is also scheduled to host the 2022 soccer World Cup.

Qatar is home to the largest USA airbase in the Middle East, making it a key ally in the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The riyal currency has tumbled and the cost of insuring Qatari debt against default has risen.

Late on Thursday, a joint statement by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE accused 59 individuals and 12 charity organizations in Qatar of being "linked to terror".

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