Arab powers add people, groups with Qatar links to terrorism lists

Qatar's ambassador to the US said Tuesday that he and other leaders were "surprised" by President Trump's tweets taking credit for four Arab nations cutting ties with his country. Qatar has denied the charges.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani spoke as would-be mediators struggled to ease a crisis that Qataris say has led to a blockade of their nation.

The four governments also closed their airspaces to all Qatari flights and banned Qatar-based news giant Al Jazeera.

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.

Article 29 of the cybercrime law criminalises any online publication of information "with intent to make sarcasm or damage the reputation, prestige or stature of the state or... any of its symbols". "We have close coordination with the United States". Turkey's parliament, on the other hand, has approved sending troops to an existing Turkish base in Qatar as a sign of support.

Kuwait's central bank, which isn't part of the group of countries that cut ties with Qatar, is said to have asked banks to disclose their exposure to Qatar. Doha is the world's largest exporter of natural liquefied gas.

Central banks in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain were this week said to have asked lenders to provide details of their exposure to Qatari clients.

Sheikh Mohammed's hard line mirrored that of a top Emirati diplomat who told the AP on Wednesday that the United Arab Emirates believes "there's nothing to negotiate" with Qatar.

He said Qatar, as an independent nation, also had the right to support groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, despite the fact that its neighbors outlawed the Sunni Islamist organization. "We need to put everything in check". "Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!"

Gargash said "not using the formidable media ownership in promoting an extremist agenda" was a condition for negotiations.

Bahrain on Thursday followed the UAE in announcing that expressing sympathy for Qatar over the sanctions was an offence punishable by jail.

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