Qatar Ignores Gulf Requests, Stresses Adherence to Kuwait Mediation

The resignation comes amid a dispute in which neighboring nations of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have severed diplomatic ties and imposed a naval blockade on Qatar over charges that Qatar supports terrorist organizations such as Hamas.

There has been no breakthrough in Kuwaiti efforts to mediate in the crisis, but a US official in the region said Kuwait was continuing with what is seen as a "slow, painstaking, deliberate" process focused inside the Gulf Cooperation Council.

He noted during the press conference that allegations over Qatar's support to the Muslim Brotherhood were "false".

Turkey last week approved plans to deploy more troops to a military base it has established in Qatar under a 2014 agreement with the Gulf Arab state. "The time has come to call on Qatar to end its funding", Trump said last week.

Soon after FBI Director James Comey was sacked, Smith tweeted: "Increasingly hard to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions".

The three Gulf states' ban does not apply to aviation companies and aircraft not registered in Qatar and the three neighbouring countries, and which wish to cross their airspace to and from Qatar, they said.

Qatar is home to Al-Udeid, the largest USA airbase in the region, which houses around 10,000 troops. Adel Al-Jubeir said yesterday before a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Qatar's ports and airports are open.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Egypt announced Monday they were cutting off all diplomatic relations with Qatar, citing national security concerns.

"We're ready to discuss any requests that are made, but we have not received any reply", the broadcaster quoted Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani as saying. Saudi Arabia has closed the Qatari peninsula's only land border, threatening imports of both fresh food and raw materials needed to complete a $200 billion infrastructure project for the 2022 football World Cup.

Morocco has also waded into the crisis, announcing it was sending plane-loads of food supplies to Doha as part of its Islamic duty during Ramadan.

  • Rogelio Becker