Iraqi premier on anti-terror outreach to Saudi Arabia, Iran

Posted June 27, 2017

The suspension comes at a time of diplomatic crisis in the Gulf after Qatar was cut off by neighbouring countries including Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The countries that imposed the sanctions gave Qataris two weeks to leave, which expired yesterday.

As for Libya, Al-Jubeir explained that the Kingdom is coordinating with its global partners to restore the country's stability and not to allow the spread of terrorism in Libya and Africa.

He highlighted that Saudi Arabia's hosting of the historic Arab Islamic American Summit brought together the U.S. and a number of Muslim and Arab countries with the aim of better dialogue between Arab and Islamic countries and their counterparts in the West. "The stakes are high because it can undermine what the [Gulf Cooperation Council] has achieved since its inception" in 1981, said Omar Mohamed, a strategic analyst with the government of Bahrain based in Manama, the capital.

Kuwait is attempting to mediate, although scant progress has been made so far. Qatar rejects the accusations. It also emphasizes the importance of maintaining its sovereignty.

United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash on Monday said the isolation of Qatar by Gulf nations could go on for years, Al Jazeera reported.

The Palestinian movement Hamas said last week that a delegation headed by its leader Ismail Haniyeh will visit Iran in the near future as the Saudi-led squeeze on its main supporter Qatar is expected to exacerbate.

Gargash also expressed concern that Iran and Turkey would try to fill the vacuum caused by the rift to get closer to Qatar. Yemen and the Maldives have followed suit by cutting their ties with the country.

Washington has so far snubbed Erdogan's requests to extradite the USA -based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, leader of the Gulen Movement that was blamed for the 2016 failed coup against Erdogan, while criticizing Turkey's post-coup crackdown for violating human rights and rule of law.

Arab countries had initially dominated the Qatari monarchy after its independence in 1971.

The report surfaced on Fox-News24.com, a fake news website that has recently also falsely reported the deaths of Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and ex-My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero.

Turkey and Iran back Qatar and have links with the Muslim Brotherhood. Saudi Arabia and its allies saw the uprisings as a threat and backed the governments.

"Saudi Arabia and some of the region's Arab countries have become a puppet of the United States of America, and pre-planned tensions in the region will only have the USA exploit resources of Arab-Islamic countries" and intensify an arms race among Arab states, Major General Seyed Yahya Rahim Safavi said on Sunday. "We are still in the phase and let's hope they are wise and understand that it's in its best interest...what we are doing", he said. Many involved residents who said they have been forced to abandon businesses and careers built across borders.

Uzgel warned that Turkey's pro-Qatar policy brings serious risks to itself.

The deadline for Qatari citizens to return and foreigners to depart is looming days before the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Mr Cavusoglu said he told the Saudi king that "it would be useful now to soften the conditions" against Qatar. But the administration has since opposed the blockade.

Despite the clear illegitimacy of the website, Malta's new foreign affairs ministry chose to issue a statement to banish any doubts.

He called for Western nations including the United States, France, Germany and Britain to help monitor any agreement reached with Qatar to ensure they are not cooperating with jihadists.