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Twitter briefly suspends Al-Jazeera Arabic amid Qatar rift

19 June 2017, 12:33 | Lucia Cruz

Iran said it was unclear if the fishing boats had strayed into Saudi waters More

Iran said it was unclear if the fishing boats had strayed into Saudi waters

Israel is also reportedly considering shutting down Al-Jazeera's bureau in the country. It shocked some viewers by putting Israeli spokespeople on the air when it covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "Qatar will say I'm sorry, rein in a couple of things, and things will go back to a controlled tension", he said.

The political rift has created much uncertainty and is likely to impact the flow of people, trade and capital which could delay the execution of projects as Qatar prepares to host World Cup 2022, Yahoo reported.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised eyebrows over the weekend when he said King Salman agreed to consider an offer to establish a Turkish military base in the kingdom alongside a Turkish base in Qatar.

He revealed that the President's visit to the UAE was a private one.

There was no immediate reaction from Saudi Arabia.

Malta on Sunday denied that Saudi Arabia has severed diplomatic ties with the island nation, stating the ties remain as strong as ever.

An Iranian fisherman was killed by Saudi Arabia's coast guard last night, Iran's state TV said Saturday. "They have been very careful to keep channels of communication open with an extremely wide range of actors: they talk to Israel, they talk to al-Qaeda, they talk to the Taliban, they talk to a range of Islamist movements - some of them extremists, others much more in the mainstream".

Qataris in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have been given two weeks to leave, and citizens of those three countries were given the same June 18 deadline to leave Qatar.

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Jubeir did not detail what demands could be made.

Foreign Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani said in Moscow the other day that his country will not come under any pressure from Saudi Arabia or UAE to close Al-Jazeera and will not compromise on its foreign policy interests.

According to a New York Times report, President Donald Trump's unusual allyship with Saudi Arabia over Qatar is cause for suspicion about whether his allegiances are informed by business interests.

The crisis has forced Qatar to seek help - including from Iran.

There are a number of converging interests between Turkey and Qatar, he says.

There is now tension between Qatar and its immediate neighbours, led by Saudi Arabia, who say Qatar is turning a blind eye to terrorism financiers. (2017). Egypt: Gulf siege against Qatar should include Turkey.

Tillerson's efforts have been hindered by mixed messages from the administration.

Furthermore, the United States and Qatar announced on Wednesday the signing of a deal for the purchase of F-15 fighter jets with an initial cost of $12 billion, according to Qatar News Agency (QNA). Earlier this week, he met with the Emirati and Saudi foreign ministers in Washington.



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