UAE ruling family member: Qatar now questioning its leaders

Doha the capitol of Qatar

Doha the capitol of Qatar

US President Donald Trump took sides in the deep rift in the Arab world yesterday, praising Middle East countries' actions against Qatar, but later spoke by phone with Saudi King Salman and stressed the need for Gulf unity.

"No one has the right to intervene in our foreign policy", Sheikh Mohammed said.

Qatar had strongly supported Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group and his elected but divisive government, while Saudi Arabia welcomed the military overthrow and lavished aid on Egypt in the months afterward.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt said on Monday they cut their diplomatic relations with Qatar after a week of tit-for-tat and accusations on "terrorism support".

Qatar firmly denies the allegations. Panicked citizens have cleared supermarket shelves of produce, the country's stock market has plummeted, and Qatari nationals living overseas have been given 14 days to leave.

"Apparently, Qatar is to be isolated more or less completely and hit existentially".

Mattis could have quoted a Qatari official who just said there was enough food for four weeks in the emirate, before they had to start using their strategic food reserves.

Qatar is already home to the biggest air base in the Middle East, al-Udeid, where some 10,000 military personnel are stationed, and is the forward headquarters of US Central Command.

Qatar is home to a key US airbase, a centerpiece in the USA -led coalition's fight against the Islamic State. Saudi Arabia also closed its land border, a vital lifeline for supplies. Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said that Qatar had benefited from a mixture of "money and media and partisanship and extremism". The agreement did not detail a timeframe or the number of troops.

While there is still no clear evidence that Russian Federation was involved, US officials suggest that the Kremlin stands to gain significantly by causing rifts between the USA and its allies. The Qatari Ministry of Defense also told the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain that any naval ships from those counties that enter Qatari waters would be fired upon.

The skyline of Doha, Qatar, is seen at night in 2013.

"At that time, he was very heartened by the Emir's commitment to formally join the terrorist financing targeting centre and showing their commitment to this issue", he said.

A senior Emirati official told AFP this week's decision was not aimed at a change of regime in Qatar but to pressure the country to reshape its policy.

Other regional partners, like Jordan and Turkey, put restrictions on what kind of United States operations fly out of bases in the counties that sometimes extend to allowed targets.

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