Trump Slams Qatar for Funding Terror as Tillerson Urges Calm

Kristopher Drake
June 15, 2017

Arguably the most prominent person named is Yousef al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood network.

Anxious residents have responded to the crisis by emptying grocery stores in the capital of Doha, and Saudi Arabia has blocked trucks carrying food from entering the country across its only land border.

Qatar, which has developed an assertive foreign policy over the past decade, denied that it supports militants and said it was helping to reduce the threat of terrorism by backing groups that fight poverty and seek political reform. We have to stop the funding of terrorism.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to continue supporting Qatar amid a diplomatic row engulfing that Gulf state. "They will not have a positive impact on the region but a negative one", he told a press conference during a visit in Germany.

Qatar said Friday that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke to its foreign minister and discussed the crisis, without offering specifics.

The Trump administration is insisting that Qatar drop all connections with the Muslim Brotherhood - both inside its borders and in other countries, including Jordan, CBS News foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan reports.

Egypt separately has asked the United Nations Security Council to investigate reports that Qatar "paid up to $1 billion to a terrorist group active in Iraq" to recently free 26 hostages, including members of its ruling family, saying it would violate U.N. sanctions.

Wearing a Barcelona shirt in the United Arab Emirates could land you in prison for 15 years.

Qatar says its foreign minister has spoken to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

But a Qatari diplomat said the crisis reflected a lack of US leadership.

"The recent joint statement issued by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE regarding a "terror finance watch list" once again reinforces baseless allegations that hold no foundation in fact," the Qatari government said in a statement.

With supply chains disrupted and concern mounting about economic turbulence, banks and firms in Gulf Arab states were trying to keep business links to Qatar open and avoid a costly firesale of assets.

"Our position on countering terrorism is stronger than numerous signatories of the joint statement - a fact that has been conveniently ignored by the authors", the government said.

The escalating crisis in the Persian Gulf erupted Monday, when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties to Qatar, accusing the country of tolerating or even encouraging support for extremist groups, including al-Qaida's Syria branch.

Erdogan also approved another accord between Turkey and Qatar on military training cooperation late on Thursday.

But the Pentagon has been developing contingency plans in case there is any interruption, defence officials said.

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