Gulf countries assure India of welfare of diaspora amid Qatar crisis

In the midst of a growing crisis over his country's diplomatic split with some Arab countries, Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani is in Moscow to hold talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday.

Turkey is Doha's closest ally and, having increased food and water exports to Qatar, is now fast-tracking plans to send troops to its permanent base in the country.

"However, we can not be pleased with the situation, where these relations between our counterparts are aggravating".

Documenting several cases, Amnesty described the case of one Qatari man, living in the UAE with his Emirati wife and family for more than a decade, who was refused entry and sent back to Qatar as he tried to return home to Dubai from Doha. Qatar acknowledges its links to these groups, but denies that it supports terrorism.

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After the flare-up, Russian President Vladimir Putin "reaffirmed Russia's principled position in favour of settling crises by political and diplomatic means, through dialogue" in a phone call with the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

On Friday the two countries imposed sanctions on 59 individuals and a dozen organisations based in Qatar for financial ties to Islamist militias from Libya to Yemen, as well as Al Qaeda.

Turkey, along with Iran, has also been instrumental in helping Qatar keep open its air routes to the outside world following the closure of land borders and airspace by Qatar's Arab Gulf neighbours, as well as stepping in to supply fresh dairy products to Qatar, the item hardest hit by the embargo.

The US President accused Qatar of being a "funder of terrorism at a very high level" at a White House news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Friday.

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Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt on Monday snapped diplomatic relations with Qatar.

After meetings with Mr Trump and his top national security officials, Rex Tillerson called for de-escalation and dialogue, and said the crisis was "hindering United States military action in the region, and the campaign against ISIL".

He said the diplomatic rift has not interrupted or curtailed operations at al Udeid air base, a launching pad for U.S. military efforts in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

In doing so, Trump's tone, if not his message, clashed with his most senior national security officials, highlighting the often mixed messages emerging from his administration since the Qatar crisis began last Tuesday.

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