etvfutures.com
etvfutures.com October 22, 2017


Saudi ally Bahrain demands Qatar distance itself from Iran

19 June 2017, 02:38 | Sandy Nunez

Qatar must stop funding terror extremist ideology TrumpMore

Qatar must stop funding terror extremist ideology TrumpMore

"The time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding - they have to end that funding - and its extremist ideology in terms of funding", Trump said.

Trump's phone call Wednesday made for a stark contrast to a series of tweets he sent Tuesday, in which he appeared to throw his weight behind the effort by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, along with Yemen, the Maldives and Libya, to ostracize Qatar.

Following the crisis, Iranian officials accused the US of setting the scene for the escalating Gulf diplomatic crisis during President Donald Trump's recent trip to the Saudi Arabia.

The Turkish president said he has never known Qatar to give support to terror organisations. Earlier in the week, Trump took to Twitter to take credit for the Saudi-led move to punish Qatar, saying it could be the start of the end of terrorism in the Middle East.

Riyadh, Cairo and their allies accuse Qatar, the world's richest country per capita, of supporting militant Islamist movements across the region.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Trump would rather that all sides worked out the dispute among themselves. Tillerson said the USA was asking Qatar to "be responsive to the concerns of its neighbors".

The rift has provoked confusion and anxiety in Qatar, an energy, banking and construction hub, which is home to 2.7 million people - majority foreigners.

Britain could only stay in European Union on worse terms, Guy Verhofstadt says
On Monday, the European Commission insisted it was "fully prepared and ready for the negotiations to start" the process. Theresa May must immediately create a cross-party joint Cabinet committee to negotiate Brexit.


"Countries, who stayed silent while massacres were carried out in Syria, while babies were killed in [the Syrian city of] Idlib, are now doing this, not to another country, but specifically to Qatar for a reason we can not understand", she said.

But there have been few signs of progress as officials from Qatar and its Arab neighbours in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) pursue shuttle diplomacy.

The Saudi newspaper al Watan published what it called a list of eight "extremist organisations" seen as working to destabilise the region from Qatar, including Qatar's Al Jazeera news channel, that were targeted by Gulf Arab states.

Abdel Hakim Belhadj, a former Libyan Islamist commander, is one of five Libyans listed, while Qaradawi and firebrand Salafi preacher Wagdi Ghoneim are among the 26 Egyptian nationals.

President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday approved legislation on deployment of Turkish troops in Qatar, signaling support for the Gulf state as it faces isolation imposed by fellow Arab states over its alleged support for terrorism.

With supply chains disrupted and anxiety mounting about deepening economic turbulence, banks and firms in Gulf Arab states were trying to keep business links to Qatar open and avoid a costly firesale of assets. "The Ministry said the investigation team confirmed that the piracy process had used high techniques and innovative methods by exploiting an electronic gap on the website of the Qatar News Agency", the foreign ministry said in a statement.



Other News

Trending Now

Justin Thomas shoots 63, trails Brian Harman by 1 at US Open
Thomas set the tone for his record-setting round when he holed a spectacular birdie putt on the fifth hole. He putted for birdie to move to 2 under for the day and 2 over for the tournament.

White House pushing Republicans in the House to relax new Russian Federation sanctions
Republican Senator Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, were the only two "no" votes. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that new U.S. sanctions on Russia will damage ties between the two countries.

Portugal lowers forest fire death toll to 61
Portugal was hit by a series of fires previous year which devastated more than 1000 square kilometres of the mainland. Interior Ministry official Jorge Gomes has been quoted as giving the new figure on public broadcaster RTP.

Russian Federation dominate New Zealand in Confederations Cup opener
Football fans shone with excitement as the Russian team won the opening match of the Confederations Cup against New Zealand . In the pre-match press conference, Osorio showed respect for Portugal , but also warned of his own team's attacking prowess.

Stocks in Focus;) Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), Barrick Gold (ABX)
ValuEngine cut Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Looking out over a next 5-year period, analysts expect the company to see its earnings go up by 14.13%, annually.

Mets fall 10 1/2 games behind Nationals after 7-2 loss
A couple of hours before the first pitch, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson held a news conference to provide injury updates. Anthony Rizzo has two leadoff homers the past two nights for the Cubs in his first two career starts atop the batting order.

'Trooping the Color' in London for Queen's Official Birthday
"In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of bad tragedies ", she said in a statement according to the Guardian. Many wept openly as candles illuminated the road outside the Latymer Christian Centre, yards from the site of the blaze.

Israel goodwill Ramadan efforts cut after Palestinian attack
The three men were armed with knives and an automatic weapon and carried out near-simultaneous attacks at two locations. Border Police officer Hadas Malka was killed on June 16, 2017 in a stabbing attack near Damascus Gate.

The complex issues of the Russia probe, special counsel
Sources tell ABC News that he may have to pull out since he does have final say over parts of the special counsel's investigation. The FBI and Congress are both looking at whether Trump campaign officials colluded with the alleged Kremlin plot.

Rout by Macron's party in French parliamentary election vote
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, a center-right politician who joined Macron's movement, cast his ballot in the port of Le Havre. He said the Socialist party needs to change its ideas and its organization and that a "collective leadership" will replace him.