Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Doreen King

Saudi-Turkish ties strained over differing views on Qatar

Saudi-Turkish ties strained over differing views on Qatar

"There is zero trust, but we need a monitoring system and we need our Western friends to play a role in this", he said.

Gargash's comments came during a visit to the United Kingdom meant to help shore up support for the Gulf Cooperation Council blockade of Qatar.

Saudi Arabia has led other Arab nations in cutting diplomatic ties to Qatar on June 5 over allegations the nation supports extremists.

The reports suggest the deal could explain why Saudi Arabia and its allies have recently cut ties with Qatar, suggesting it is an effort for the Gulf state to stop supporting Hamas, the Islamist Palestinian militants who control Gaza.

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Kurtulmus recalled Turkey's effort to mediate the crisis, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's discussion with regional and global leaders over the phone, and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's visit to Gulf states.

A day after announcing that Tillerson would lead the US delegation to the OAS General Assembly in Cancun, the State Department said Friday that Tillerson's deputy, John Sullivan, will go in his place. "I would say it is a list of grievances that need to be addressed and that Qataris need to fix", Al-Jubeir added.

Qatar has remained an important member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) but it refused to take sides against Iran. 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.

CEO Saad al-Kaabi was speaking in an interview with the Doha-based channel, which carried the comments on its official Arabic Twitter account on Sunday.

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Notably, a few days after the Gulf nations chose to cut diplomatic contacts with Qatar, Al Jazeera post a message on social media saying that its website and online accounts were under a cyberattack but said that all its entities were operational.

The Arabic-language account of Al-Jazeera has been restored on Twitter after being suspended due to what the network called "an organised campaign", BBC reported.

Gargash said there were "no specific asks right now" as he accused Doha of backing Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, and other al-Qaeda branches in Syria and Libya.

"The main Al-Jazeera Twitter account has been suspended, and work is ongoing to solve the problem", Abuhilalah tweeted.

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