Egypt's El-Sissi praises Trump's stance on Qatar

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The rights group says that, according to Qatar's National Human Rights Committee, more than 11,000 nationals of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and UAE live in Qatar. Bahrain has been gripped by a government crackdown on dissent for over a year now. Gulf monarchies and Egypt's government also view Islamist groups as a threat to their rule. Turkey and Qatar have both provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and backed rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The blacklist is the latest allegation by Saudi Arabia and its allies against Qatar since the crisis erupted late last month.

Tiny Qatar is the world's No. 1 exporter of liquefied natural gas, with a $335 billion sovereign wealth fund that owns stakes in global companies from Volkswagen to Glencore and Barclays.

Names involving Libya include militia commanders and the Benghazi Defense Brigade, which is battling forces commanded by Gen. Khalifa Hifter, who has the backing of Egypt and the UAE amid that country's chaos.

These countries have accused Qatar for allegedly supporting extremism. Qatar denies such charges and says the Saudis are seeking to dominate smaller nations in the neighborhood.

"The previous emir is a big supporter of this whole extremist agenda, so we do have an issue", the official said.

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"The time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding - they have to end that funding - and its extremist ideology in terms of funding", Trump said.

Iran's national carrier Iran Air confirmed on Sunday that the country has sent five planes of food to Qatar after Gulf countries cut off air and other transport links to the emirate, amid a diplomatic row engulfing the region, local media reports said. A recent Saudi-led effort to send American military veterans to lobby Congress proved controversial when some said they were unaware the kingdom paid for their trips to Washington.

But Sheikh Mohammed told the AP that Sheikh Tamim "is not going to leave the country while the country is in blockade", in effect turning down the mediation offer.

Saudi Arabia has sealed Qatar's only land border, through which it had imported most of its food.

Qatar's new and state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha serves as a major transit hub for some 37 million passengers a year, largely between Europe and Asia. On Wednesday, Emirati officials shut down the airline's offices in the UAE.

Said Mr. Al Qassemi: "The Qataris should not count on that base as being a guarantee or sort of American protection when it comes to conflict with Saudi Arabia".

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Cavusoglu added that a 2014 agreement with Qatar to set up a Turkish military base there is created to support the security of the entire region.

On Saturday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar's foreign minister, continued a diplomatic offensive in Europe, meeting his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

Analysts have raised the prospect of a palace coup in Qatar, a hereditary monarchy with a history of such changes in leadership.

Indeed, despite these concerns - and despite the efforts of Tillerson, Mattis and others to mediate the dispute, and to walk back the President's rash tweets - Trump himself appears determined to publicly take the Saudi side in this dispute and force unity within the GCC.

Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates' minister of state for foreign affairs, retweeted the Kuwaiti remarks from France 24, and then added in a separate message: "Is this the beginning in which wisdom and reason prevail?"

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