Qatar Situation Worsens as Turkish Troops Arrive

Qatar's ambassador to the US accused the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia of committing the same sins they're boycotting his country for, as the worst crisis among Gulf Arab monarchies enters its third week.

He said that despite the row, the Gulf nations had pledged to allow the massive United States base in Qatar, where 10,000 American soldiers are based, to function normally.

The United Arab Emirates warned Qatar on Monday that sanctions imposed by several of its neighbours could last for years unless Doha accepts demands which Arab powers plan to reveal in coming days.

He said that the Riyadh agreement signed by the Emir of Qatar in 2014 was a good basis for resolving the dispute that erupted then and Qatar must abide by it. They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar.

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However, Palestinian observers expressed deep concern over the consequences of the growing Gulf crisis and its reflection on the Palestinian cause, at a time there is a huge decline and lack of points of support, especially the historic Arab and Islamic one.

The visit comes as Gulf Arab states are embroiled in a major dispute with Qatar over allegations the small nation backs terror groups and that its policies, including its support for Islamist groups, threaten the region. Sheikh Mohammed revealed aviation support has come from Iran after Saudi Arabia closed its airspace to Qatari airlines.

Dr Anwar Gargash, who has been meeting official in European capitals over the past week, said the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt will within days list the specific issues that Qatar must address in order to reach a resolution.

The Persian Gulf Arab states further gave Qataris two weeks to leave their countries and ordered home their own citizens living in Qatar.

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"There's very few Qatari companies doing business in Saudi, UAE, Bahrain".

Qatar "dealt swiftly with the closure of borders by getting products through sea and different means", and reserves of some products could last a year, state-run Qatar News Agency quoted the minister as saying. The escalation of tensions among the countries threatens regional stability, and produces additional obstacles in the efforts to resolve the ongoing crises in Syria, Yemen, and Libya. "They have to lift the blockade", said Sheikh Mohammed.

Turkish troops have taken part in planned joint military exercises in Qatar amid a widening rift between the Arab country and its neighbors in the Persian Gulf region. Earlier this month, Ankara fast-tracked a separate agreement to allow troops to be deployed at Turkey's military base in Qatar.

Later, a number of other countries also announced about severing diplomatic relations with Qatar.

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According to the Ministry of defence of Qatar, a group of Turkish soldiers arrived to Doha to participate in joint military exercises on Sunday.

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