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Tillerson calls on Arab nations to ease blockade on Qatar

Tillerson calls on Arab nations to ease blockade on Qatar

Tillerson's statement also addressedthe "terror list" released by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain earlier in the day that included members of the Qatari royal family, as well as Qatar charity organizations.

A senior White House official said it was a "misperception" that there was a policy difference between Tillerson and Trump, noting that they were stressing different parts of the same strategy.

"Unfortunately, the recent tension between the Gulf countries have overshadowed the joy of the holy Ramadan of all Muslims".

"It is just not right to waste our energy with our domestic affairs while dirty plans have been made concerning the future of our region". "I am calling you: There won't be any winners in the brother's fight".

"And in the wake of that conference, nations came together and spoke to me about confronting Qatar over its behavior", Trump said Friday. We are seeing shortages of food.

The Qatari capital Doha has regularly been used by teams from nations incapable of playing games on home soil due to adverse security situations or as a result of diplomatic rows with other countries in the region.

Qatar's Al Udeid Air Base is home to more than 11,000 USA and coalition forces and an important base for the fight against IS.

Media reports say the deployment will initially include warplanes, ships and some 200-250 troops.

United States president Donald Trump is ramping up pressure on Qatar to stop what he calls a "high level" of financial support of terrorism.

Trump added that "all reference was pointing to Qatar". So we had a decision to make.

"We call for all contradictions to be resolved at the negotiation table through a mutually respectful dialogue", Lavrov said, adding Arab states should unite to effectively fight terrorism.

Trump accused Qatar of being a "high level" funder of terrorism on Friday, even as the Pentagon and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cautioned against the military, commercial and humanitarian effects of a blockade imposed by Arab states and others.

It shows that Qatar "announces fighting terrorism on one hand and finances and supports and hosts different terrorist organisations on the other hand", they said.

"The blockade is hindering U.S. military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS", Tillerson said, using a common American acronym for the group.

Responding to Tillerson's comments, Erdogan said, "Tillerson's comments on Qatar is positive but not enough, all the sanctions must be halted completely".

"The blockade is hindering United States military actions in the region and the campaign against [IS]".

Bahrain "stressed the necessity of Qatar's commitment to correct its policies and to engage in a transparent manner in counter-terrorism efforts", its official BNA news agency said.

On Monday, a group of Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE severed diplomatic ties with major US partner Qatar, accusing the oil-rich country of sponsoring violent extremism and causing regional instability.

The UAE's Gargash said the measures against Doha were now limited to diplomatic and economic ties, but warned that no one could project the "dynamic of a crisis".