Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Twitter briefly suspends Al-Jazeera Arabic amid Qatar rift

Michele Estrada | 19 June, 2017, 00:44

"Decisions to cut ties with Qatar are a sovereign right of the States concerned and aim to protect their national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism", said a joint declaration by the United Nations envoys of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.

"In all our deals there is a provision for a so-called force majeure..." 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.

Qatar's Defence Ministry said the F-15 deal would create 60,000 jobs in the U.S. and lead to closer strategic collaboration in the fights against violent extremism. Jordan and Djibouti reduced the level of their diplomatic missions in Qatar.

In that case, Pakistan can coordinate with Oman and Kuwait, the two neutral GCC members on Qatar crisis and compel Saudi Arabia and Qatar to resolve their contentious issues through negotiations. Qatar long has denied that.

Erdogan told Portuguese television this week that he had approached the Gulf state's King Salman "with the same idea for Saudi" after work began on the base in Qatar in 2014.

Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera said the Twitter account for its main Arabic-language channel was temporarily "suspended" on Saturday, in the latest incident at the station. "What this shows is that the Saudis, Emiratis, Bahrainis and Egyptians. they have no list - they just wanted to engage in a venture against Qatar", he said. "They have been very careful to keep channels of communication open with an extremely wide range of actors: they talk to Israel, they talk to al-Qaeda, they talk to the Taliban, they talk to a range of Islamist movements - some of them extremists, others much more in the mainstream".

According to observers, the recent fallout in relations came in the wake of Qatar's apparent break with past policies and its leaning toward Russian Federation and Iran - similar to Turkey's turnabout on the Syria crisis.

On Wednesday, two U.S. navy vessels arrived in Doha to take part in a joint military exercise with the Qatari emiri navy.

Abela also stated that the remarks attributed to him in the report, or any other remarks on the situation concerning Saudi Arabia and Qatar are completely false.

The Bahraini TV move "provides compelling evidence of targeting the State of Qatar and attempting to impute charges to it" amid current regional tensions, it added.

It did not say who was behind the alleged campaign.

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