Trump Is Letting America Get Pushed Around by Saudi Arabia

IOC hopes Qatar row won't affect Gulf sports development

There is also the variable that the USA military's primary regional airbase is in Qatar, and Israel does not want to be put in a situation where American operations out of Qatar that may benefit Israel would be restricted because of a wider rift between Qatar and Israel; while this may sound far-fetched, the US encountered precisely such a scenario when Turkey objected to hosting a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation X-Band radar system if any of the intelligence yielded from it was shared with Israel.

In addition, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain closed their airspace to Qatar, and asked Qatari diplomats to leave their territories within 48 hours.

Mr Faki warned that if the rift is allowed to escalate further, it could have adverse political, security and humanitarian implications for the Gulf states, Africa and global peace and security.

Last week, nine countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar because they believe it is funding terrorism that's destabilizing the region. Qatar has also sought to warm up relations with Iran, Riyadh's arch-rival.

Are Saudi Arabia and the UAE considering regime change in Doha? Bill Urban of the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Friday that a list of grievances involving Qatar was being drawn up and would be made public soon. Qatar hosts the vitally important Al Udeid airbase, where some 10,000 United States troops reside.

Initially, Trump delivered strong words for Qatar, going so far as to say that it was "unfortunate" that "the nation of Qatar ... has been a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level", and continued on to add that "the time has come to call on Qatar to end its funding".

The decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to go to Riyadh on his maiden foreign visit helped raise the stature of the ambitious MBS. He rejected allegations that Saudi Arabia was suspending aid worth $50 million (44 million euros) until the Horn of Africa nation severs ties with Qatar.

On Wednesday U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signed the previously approved Boeing plane deal with Qatari Minister of State for Defence Affairs Khalid al-Attiyah.

Secretary of State Tillerson has led USA efforts to mediate a way out of the dispute. Thus, Emirati Ambassador wants USA air base to be out from Qatar.

The recent mixed message from the Trump administration, however, has it working even harder, he said.

The crisis has seen Saudi Arabia cut off its land border with Qatar, the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Erdogan said he had made the same offer to Saudi Arabia's King Salman Abdelaziz. "It is normal. We are in the stage where we want to finalize this deal".

The missions also reaffirmed their willingness to continue working with the concerned parties to maintain security, to combat terrorism and to safeguard the stability and well-being of the people of the region, including the Qatari people, in full respect for their human rights' and global humanitarian law's commitments, the statement added.

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