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Qatar won't cut gas to UAE, says Qatar Petroleum CEO

Qatar won't cut gas to UAE, says Qatar Petroleum CEO

But Philip Gordon, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, says the escalating tensions and tougher demands will make a diplomatic solution that much harder to reach. They accuse the emirate of links to terror groups. Qatar, unlike Iraq, which in August 1990 had occupied Kuwait, is not involved in any aggression and can not be punished by imposing sanctions on dubious charges of sponsoring terrorism and terrorist groups in the Middle East.

His comments echoed those of the UAE's ambassador to the United States, who said on Tuesday the list would broadly address three areas of support for terrorism, meddling in the internal affairs of the four Arab states and attacks through Qatari-owned media platforms.

The country has stepped in to provide fresh diary products to Doha after traditional supply lines from the UAE and Saudi Arabia were cut. "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".

Qatar imported the vast majority of its food from its Gulf Arab neighbours before the diplomatic shutdown, and has been talking with Iran and Turkey to secure food and water supplies since the crisis broke out.

"If there were any underlying grievances, that's when you start the embargo".

But Qatar's leaders, all from the ruling Al Thani family - Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is now in charge - chafed against the dominating, conservative influence of the behemoth next door, Saudi Arabia. The crisis has put Turkey in a delicate position as Ankara regards Qatar as its chief ally in the Gulf but is also keen to maintain its improving ties with regional power Saudi Arabia.

The statement came in response to remarks Wednesday by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein expressing "alarm" about the human rights impact of cutting off ties.

When it is becoming obvious that the very goal of Riyadh summit and the so-called IMA was to isolate Iran and now Qatar, Pakistan must seek an immediate withdrawal from that alliance before it is too late.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held with King Salman in Riyadh, continuing efforts to resolve the Gulf's biggest diplomatic crisis in years.

He added that Saudi Arabia lacks a proper and strategic policy to utilize the arms it has purchased from the US.

"We do not trust them".

An Arabic hashtag on Twitter has also appeared calling for Saudis to cut ties with Turkey.


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