Niger recalls ambassador to Qatar in solidarity with Arab states

An armed man stands in a window of the parliament building in Tehran Iran Wednesday

Turkey would continue its efforts to resolve the dispute, Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said alongside Sheikh Khaled.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egupt welcome President Trump's remarks on Qatar. "We can not be happy in a situation when the relations between our partners are worsening", Lavrov said.

He added that the discord is solved by dialogue, emphasizing that the GCC is the best place for such talks. The list included members of the ruling family.

More than a third of the world's liquefied natural gas trade comes from Qatar, making it the world's largest producer and exporter of LNG. Amid the diplomatic row engulfing the Gulf state, Turkey stood by Qatar as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that "We will not abandon our Qatari brothers".

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

Qatar will pay the Ashcroft Law Firm $2.5 million (2 million pounds) for a 90-day period as the country seeks to confirm its efforts to fight global terrorism and comply with financial regulations including U.S. Treasury rules, according to a Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, filing on Friday with the Justice Department.

Mr Tillerson's statement called on other Gulf partners to do more to cut off support within their own countries for extremists.

After Mr Trump's remarks, the Pentagon reiterated its position that Qatar was a key USA military partner, saying "the evolving situation is hindering our ability to plan for longer-term military operations". The regional headquarters of United States central command is hosted by Qatar at the Al Udeid airbase.

"The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level, and in the wake of that conference (the recent conference of Muslims countries in Riyadh that he attended), nations came together and spoke to me about confronting Qatar over its behaviour".

Lavrov called on Saturday for dialogue between Qatar and the countries boycotting it, offering his country's mediation in the crisis. After Trump's trip to the Middle East last month, four U.S. Arab allies took steps to isolate Qatar because of its ties to Iran and support of Islamist groups. Paris has growing economic and security ties with Doha.


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