Jordan Expels Qatari Ambassador, Trump Praises Cutting Ties

Since the diplomatic row erupted, slogans against and in support of Qatar have dominated Twitter in Arabic, a platform used widely in the Arab world, particularly in Saudi Arabia.

In a later official statement, Trump urged the Gulf to be "united for peace and security in the region".

Three of the council's six members have severed relations with Doha - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

While liberal compared to much of the Middle East, the UAE has tough cybercrime and slander laws under which people can be arrested, imprisoned and deported for taking photographs without the consent of those shown. Six other governments also have suspended diplomatic ties. The story had statements that hinted at friendship with Iran, a long-time adversary of Saudi Arabia, and recognised Hamas as the "official representative of Palestinians". "In all battlefields, there are adversaries", he told the American TV channel.

Turkey, also a key U.S. ally, criticized the decision by nine countries to sever diplomatic ties, according to the semiofficial Anadolu Agency. "More work needs to be done", she said.

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"We want to see Qatar implement the promises it made a few years back with regard to its support of extremist groups, to its hostile media and interference in affairs of other countries" he told reporters in Paris as cited by Al Jazeera. Even tweeting criticism against the UAE's anti-Qatar stance may be punished.

So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off.

Following the tensions between Arab countries and the ban on Qatari flights to use skies of some Persian Gulf states, the permit was issued by Civil Aviation Organization of Islamic Republic of Iran (CAO.IRI) and at the request of both International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Qatar.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, his son, became Qatar's ruling emir in 2013, but Sheikh Hamad still looms large in the tight, insular world of Qatari ruling family politics.

Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said that Qatar had benefited from a mixture of "money and media and partisanship and extremism". Qatar has backed Islamist movements in the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011, to the chagrin of Saudi Arabia and the UAE in particular.

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Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries cut ties with Qatar this week, accusing it of supporting extremists. Qatar has assured residents it has taken measures to assure that normal life continues.

Officials said the Russian goal appears to be to cause rifts among the United States and its allies.

On an interesting note, the Qatari Foreign Minister stated that the crisis was, at least, partly triggered by fake news planted on a government website allegedly by Russian hackers. Russian state-sponsored hackers have been accused of meddling with elections in many countries including the US, Germany and Netherlands.

The West African country of Mauritania has joined the swelling ranks of the countries cold-shouldering Qatar. While he has held out hopes that a communal effort could pave the way for Israeli-Arab rapprochement, the Qatar crisis serves as a reminder of the region's many fault lines that challenge US diplomacy.

The State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, in a separate briefing, said that the USA recognises that Qatar has made some great efforts to try to stop financing of terror groups, . But his strong message of support to Saudi leaders, in particular, also may have encouraged Riyadh to act on a long-standing feud with Qatar.

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