UAE calls for western monitoring of Qatar

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Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain affirmed Friday that their recent moves to diplomatically isolate Qatar are within their rights to protect national security. "It also strenuously denies that Minister Carmelo Abela has made the remarks reported by fox-news24.com, or any other remarks whatsoever on the situation concerning Saudi Arabia and Qatar".

"You are part of our team, but you keep scoring an own goal", Gargash said, citing Qatar's support of militant groups in Libya, Yemen and Syria.

Other Arab powers blocked Al Jazeera's website in late May after Qatar's state-run news agency, QNA, published a report criticizing Saudi Arabia for fueling tensions with Iran.

"The kingdom can not allow Turkey to set up a military base on its territory", said a statement carried by SPA state news agency.

Qatar denies fomenting instability in the Middle East and funding terrorism.

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Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain broke off relations with Qatar two weeks ago and have closed land and sea borders and imposed severe restrictions on airspace.

Abdullah said in a statement the pair "were detained from our hotel by Saudi police in Mecca after a live analysis" on the crisis with Qatar.

"The United Nations and the US Treasury Department list 10 times as many suspected terrorists and terrorist financiers from the boycotting countries as from Qatar, " Al Thani wrote.

The important point to keep in mind is that Qatar talks to these actors and does not necessarily give them material or financial support, Juneau says.

While much has been said about the role of Iran in this dispute, the relations between Qatar and Iran are rather complicated, Juneau says.

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An Iranian fisherman was killed by Saudi Arabia's coast guard last night, Iran's state TV said Saturday.

"The secretary will continue these efforts".

The flareup in the Gulf puts the U.S.in a hard position because it is allied with nations on both sides of the dispute.

The Qatari defence ministry has announced the arrival of the first group of Turkish soldiers in the capital, Doha, to take part in joint military exercises.

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