'Business as usual' at CNA Qatar campus, as Arab countries cut ties


A similar diplomatic spat erupted in 2014, in which diplomats from various Gulf countries were withdrawn from Qatar but air links and borders remained open.

The state-run KUNA news agency said Prince Khaled al-Faisal, an adviser to Saudi King Salman and the governor of Mecca, delivered a verbal message to Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah dealing with "bilateral relations. and the latest regional and global developments".

In Riyadh, Trump made an impassioned appeal to Arab and Islamic leaders to "drive out" terrorists, while singling out Iran as a key source of funding and support for militant groups.

The Kremlin commented on the decision by a number of Arab nations to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar and said on Monday it is in Moscow's interest to have a "stable and peaceful" situation in the Gulf. The Qatar Stock Exchange fell more than 7 percent in trading Monday.

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"We don't want to see some kind of permanent rift and I suspect we won't", said the senior Trump administration official on condition of anonymity, adding the United States would send a representative if the Gulf Cooperation Council nations met to discuss the rift with Qatar.

"Many of Qatar Airways' flights to southern Europe and Africa pass through Saudi Arabia", the site said.

Further, Qatar's willingness to welcome organizations such as Hamas, which Washington brands a terrorist group, and the Taliban, which has fought United States forces in Afghanistan for more than 15 years, allows contacts with such groups when needed.

"We encourage all our partners in the region to reduce tensions and work towards common solutions that enable regional security", he said in a statement.

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A Turkish official said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is "actively involved" in efforts to resolve the diplomatic crisis. It remains unclear how or if coalition members that have severed ties with Qatar will continue to participate in the operations out of that base.

Some investors reportedly expect government run entities to step in and buy Qatari shares to help stem the slide. The chief worry among them is the Muslim Brotherhood, a Sunni Islamist political group opposed to monarchical rule.

Oil prices rose after the moves against Qatar, which is the biggest supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and a major seller of condensate - a low-density liquid fuel and refining product derived from natural gas. Consumption is traditionally higher during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is now being observed.

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