Qatar pulls all its troops from Djibouti-Eritrea border

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15 June, 2017

As reported by Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's global broadcaster, an embargo also cut off food, transport and other links between the four countries and Qatar, which typically imports around 80% of its food from its neighbours.

At Qatar's Hamad port yesterday, workers were busy unloading containers of food and building materials, while another ship carrying livestock, including chicken and sheep from Australia had docked at the port.

The three countries accuse Qatar of financing and supporting terrorism, interfering in its neighbors' internal affairs and approaching Iran, which is Saudi Arabia's main political and confessional rival in the region.

"Saudi King Salman posed the question to Mr Sharif, who had visited the Gulf Kingdom for finding a diplomatic solution to the Qatar crisis, The Express Tribune reported citing diplomatic sources".

Qatar however denies the allegations.

Mauritania followed suit shortly thereafter, while Jordan downgraded its diplomatic relations with Qatar.

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According to a United Nations monitoring group, Qatar had said around 200 troops were stationed there. The statement comes ahead of talks between the United States and Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Adel Al Jubeir in Washington, DC.

Later, the authorities of Libya, Yemen, as well as the Maldives and Mauritius also announced about severing diplomatic relations with Qatar.

Akbar Al Baker, the outspoken CEO of Qatar Airways, expressed his disappointment in the leadership of the US, saying that President Donald Trump is standing against Qatar.

Asked about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's call for the UAE and other Gulf countries to take de-escalation measures to ease the crisis, he said "That's not going to happen". The regional countries have also suspended all land, air, and sea traffic with Qatar. Even if Qatar does accept the list of demands, Otaiba said they'd have to fulfill specific steps over a period of time to show seriousness before the countries would restore ties to the tiny country.

In doing so, the President's tone, if not his message, clashed with his most senior national security officials, highlighting the often mixed messages emerging from his administration since the Qatar crisis began last week.


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