Donald Trump Jumps Into Worsening Dispute Between Qatar, Powerful Arab Bloc
Administration officials said on Tuesday that the triumph president “did not take sides” in the conflict deepened among its main partners against terrorism in the Persian Gulf, despite a morning of Twitter presidential messages praising Saudi Arabia – and himself – for the dissemination of Qatar for the supposed financing of terrorism.
“During my recent trip to the Middle East, I said that there were radical ideology funds,” Trump tweeted. “The leaders emphasized Qatar – look”
“So it’s good to see that visit to Saudi Arabia with the king and the 50 country already pay,” he said. “They said they were going to adopt a hard line on the financing of extremism, and all the references indicated Qatar.”
On Monday, several Gulf neighbors Qatar – Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain – joined Egypt and smaller nations in separating diplomatic relations with Qatar, ordering their diplomats and their citizens to leave and endanger trade and Deeply intertwined routes.
The eruption appear to be motivated by regional conflicts from year to year, rather than disagreement or recent action. Following a visit in late May in which Trump, calling on the Arab and Muslim world to unite against the terrorist threat, praised Saudi Arabia as a regional leader.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, New Zealand, called for dialogue between neighbors. In the state service, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that “we recognize that Qatar continues its efforts to stop the financing of terrorist groups, including the search for suspicious freezing financial assets, introducing stricter controls on their banking system. However, we recognize that there is much work to be done. ”
“Let’s get this social media thing going,” Nauert said in many Trump tweets, “because there are many other important things we have to discuss.”
A senior government official said: “We do not take sides If we party, we have left unity and cooperation.” Against terrorism. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive diplomatic issue.
Nauert and the senior official said the United States had been informed of Saudi Arabia’s intention to break ties shortly before Monday. However, “I do not think the US government has perfect clarity in what triggered this,” the official said. “We know there have been problems between them.”
The Pentagon, whose Middle East air operations are based at a massive air base in Qatar, where at least 10,000 members of US services are stationed, have opted for balance and reassurance.
“We recognize that there are different opinions in the area that allowed us to reach this point,” he said in a statement. “The United States and the coalition are grateful to Qatar for their continued support of our presence and continued commitment to regional security. We have no intention of changing our position in Qatar.”
According to the statement, the restrictions that Gulf neighbors Qatar impose on qatriais movements inside and outside the region “have no impact on our air operations”, including missions in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, nodded in a Capitol corridor when he showed Trump’s Tweets on a journalist’s cell phone. “Each of these countries are important people for our country,” he said. “Our policy while the United States has been working with all of them.”
“We have a base on which we work is very important,” he said in Qatar.
During the visit last month in Saudi Arabia, where he delivered a speech to the leaders of the Muslim majority countries gathered for the occasion, Trump has personally met with Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani. “We are friends, now we have been friends for a long time … Our relationship is very good,” Trump said at the beginning of the meeting behind closed doors. “One of the things we are going to discuss is the purchase [Qatar] of many beautiful military teams.”