Iran official blames Trump visit for Qatar rift


Egypt gave the Qatari ambassador two days to leave the country, and ordered the Egyptian charge d'affaires in Qatar to return to Cairo within the same time frame.

To many in the diplomatic world, the sudden decision by five countries, led by Saudi Arabia, to cut diplomatic and commercial ties with small, wealthy and energy-rich Qatar was as stunning as it was perplexing.

Qatar Airways said on its official website it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia.

Qatar Airways was banned from Saudi airspace.

The ministry's statement said Qatari citizens needed to leave Bahrain within two weeks and that air and sea traffic between the two countries would be halted.

"They are kind of putting them under sanctions".

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The US State Department confirms a $750 million military sale to Saudi Arabia as part of a huge deal sealed by President Donald Trump, says the Pentagon. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain decided in 2014 to withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar. "That is going to be reduced tremendously".

Swimming governing body FINA did not respond to requests for a comment on Monday as to whether it would still go ahead. Then in 2015 Qatar became a base for the US -led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), meaning that the heavy military presence of the USA makes the picture even more complicated. Or will he actually engage with American officials in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the State Department's Near East bureau and get their perspectives? But Egypt and the Gulf Arab states resent Qatar's support for Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, which they see as a political enemy.

The story said Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, had called Iran "a regional and Islamic power that can not be ignored". Qatari officials blamed the comments on hackers.

The U.S. military said it had seen no impact to its Gulf-area operations, intended mainly as a bulwark against Iran, and added that it was grateful for Qatar's longstanding support of a U.S. presence and commitment to regional security. But it's the middle of the Muslim Ramadan holiday, then Eid.

He told VOA the United States and the US -led coalition are "grateful" to the Qataris for their "longstanding support" of America's presence and their "enduring commitment to regional security".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he did not expect the announcement to have "any significant impact... on the unified fight against terrorism".

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Qatar is the site of the sprawling al-Udeid Air Base, home to the forward headquarters of the US military's Central Command. Maj. An aircraft takes off or lands at the base approximately every ten minutes, according to the Air Force.

Soccer's governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association said on Monday it was in "regular contact" with Qatar's 2022 organizing committee but did not comment directly on the diplomatic situation.

Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway said the USA military had "no plans to change our posture in Qatar".

However, the inability of crude prices to stick with earlier gains underscores market concerns over the unrelenting glut and the strong production out of the U.S.

"This is them using that mandate to settle some old scores", Knights said.

Nervousness over the situation left Qatar's main share index more than 7% lower on Monday. "What we're seeing now is a very brutal exercise in humiliation, to break Qatar's independent spirit".

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But Monday's move could prove challenging for the United States, which relies on many of these nations, including Qatar, in the global coalition against ISIS. He urged all of the parties to address their disagreements. "As I said before, aggression and occupation will have no result but instability", Hamid Aboutalebi, deputy chief of staff of Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, tweeted, referring to the coalition's involvement in Yemen.