U.S. unlikely to mediate Qatar diplomatic crisis

U.S. unlikely to mediate Qatar diplomatic crisis

Qatar has denied funding extremists and its foreign minister struck a defiant tone, even after anxious residents were seen panic-buying in grocery shops in the capital, Doha.

There are about 10,000 USA forces in Qatar. Trump said on Twitter.

Following the crisis, Iranian officials accused the US of setting the scene for the escalating Gulf diplomatic crisis during President Donald Trump's recent trip to the Saudi Arabia. The official is pointing to offers that Kuwait and Turkey have made to mediate. Al-Udeid Air Base is home to U.S. Air Force Central Command and is where American officers speak regularly by phone with Russian counterparts to ensure safe flights over Syria.

Trump's tweets mark a major departure in USA foreign policy that could upend the balance of power in the Middle East, and left his administration was left scrambling to contain the damage.

Corker, who has previously said he wished Trump's iPhone would be taken away from him, emphasized the importance of the major USA air base in Qatar "to the activities we have going on in the region".

Trump said he was told during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia that Qatar was funding "radical ideology".

Corker said: "We know that our Arab friends have differences, right?"

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The US leader appeared to claim credit for Gulf states isolating Doha, a move he said could "be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" Tensions surged between countries closer to Saudi Arabia (such as Bahrain, and Egypt) and others, such Qatar, with ties to Iran. Qatar denies that accusation.

The base is also the regional headquarters of U.S. special forces and air force commands - two vital components of American military operations in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and beyond.

President Donald Trump says that Middle Eastern leaders complained about the Gulf state of Qatar when he demanded an end to support for radical ideology that encourages terrorism.

On Monday, the Gulf nations like the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya's National Transition Council and Maldives snapped diplomatic ties with Qatar, followed by the temporary banning of airline by some countries.

Some 8,000 US military personnel are stationed at al Udeid in Qatar, the largest USA air base in the Middle East and a staging ground for USA -led strikes on the Islamic State militant group that has seized parts of Syria and Iraq.

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah on Tuesday arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of ongoing efforts to contain an unprecedented diplomatic row between Qatar and five other Arab states. All of the countries are friendly with the USA, putting Trump in a potentially awkward position.

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