dglobalnews.com Saudi and Egypt seeks Hamid Karzai's support against Qatar
Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

Saudi and Egypt seeks Hamid Karzai's support against Qatar

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.

"If you are a true ally, and a member of the GCC", he says, "you can not be supporting extremist groups, you can not be in the same trench with Iran".

On these grounds, actions taken against Qatar under the initiative of Saudi Arabia and the United States are devoid of any legitimate reason and tend to generate a major crisis in the Middle East. Breaking ties with Qatar, the Times noted, diverges from the policies of the Pentagon, State Department, and previous administrations, which all view the small Arab Gulf nation as a crucial military ally. The moves come three years after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE withdrew their ambassadors from Doha over accusations of Qatari support for terrorist groups.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also pointed the finger at Saudi Arabia, during a visit to Norway this week. He added that Qatar should respond to global and regional calls that request it to stop its support to extremism and terrorism.

President Donald Trump has sided with Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt, claiming Doha had "historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level". "Qatar will say I'm sorry, rein in a couple of things, and things will go back to a controlled tension", he said.

It also sent several planeloads of food to Qatar earlier this month after the Gulf countries cut off air links with Doha.

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The crisis has forced Qatar to seek help - including from Iran. Sisi reportedly accused Turkey of financing and supporting "terrorist groups" such as the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups in neighbouring Syria.

It did not say who was behind the alleged campaign. But at the end of the day, Qatar "does not have the ability to withstand sustained pressure from its larger neighbors in the Gulf, especially if this strategy is indeed being backed by the U.S".

On Friday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held talks with King Salman as part of Ankara's efforts to resolve the Gulf crisis.

Tillerson's efforts have been hindered by mixed messages from the administration.

The United States last week agreed to a $12 billion sale of F-15 fighters to Qatar. "We ask Qatar, and other nations in the region to do more and do it faster".

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