Erdogan vows to keep supporting Qatar

Saudi Arabia has closed its land border crossings to Qatar, which imports almost all of its food.

The crisis is a major diplomatic test for the United States, which is a close ally of countries on both sides but has given mixed signals on whether to isolate Qatar or bring it into talks with other Gulf countries. They single out Qatar to settle scores with them over other issues, but dress up the score-settling as counter-terrorism and Trump believes it without question.

The dispute between Qatar and other Arab states could lead to war, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told a newspaper on Saturday, adding that he still saw a chance to defuse the tension. The expanding crisis has since drawn in Turkey, Russia and Iran.

Qatar acknowledges its links to these groups but denies that it supports terrorism.

Mr Trump said he wanted Qatar "back among the unity of nations".

Tillerson said the decision of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to cut diplomatic and economic relations with the neighboring, energy-rich emirate was having dire humanitarian consequences and hurting US military operations fighting Islamic State militants.

The Qatari foreign minister has met with his Russian counterpart in Moscow, with the severing of ties between Qatar and some of its neighbors topping the agenda.

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Cavusoglu also said Turkey's military base in Qatar, to which Erdogan approved legislation on deploying Turkish troops, was aimed at contributing to the security of the entire Gulf region and was not aimed at a specific Gulf state.

"The format of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf is the most suitable format for a dialogue of the kind", Qatar's foreign minister said. The Qatari Embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment.

The move by several Arab countries to break-off diplomatic relations with Qatar has triggered "a sharp aggravation of the situation in the Arab world", Lavrov said following the Saturday meeting.

After Mr Trump's remarks, the Pentagon reiterated its position that Qatar was a key United States military partner, saying "the evolving situation is hindering our ability to plan for longer-term military operations".

Turkey, along with Iran, has also been instrumental in helping Qatar keep open its air routes to the outside world following the closure of land borders and airspace by Qatar's Arab Gulf neighbours, as well as stepping in to supply fresh dairy products to Qatar, the item hardest hit by the embargo.

"The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level", Trump said, echoing an allegation the Saudi-led group has used to justify cutting diplomatic ties to the tiny gas-rich country. The ambassador left open the prospect of compromise, saying: "We are courageous enough to acknowledge if things need to be amended".


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