Qatar won't cut gas to UAE: Qatar Petroleum CEO

Posted June 19, 2017

Microblogging site Twitter has briefly suspended the Al Jazeera Media Network's Arabic-language Twitter account.

UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Gargash, said Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain do not trust Qatar.

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain - along with Egypt - severed ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of fomenting regional unrest, supporting "terrorism" and getting too close to Iran - allegations which Qatar strongly denies. The latest country to join the bandwagon was Maldives that also announced maintaining no relations with Gulf state "because of its firm opposition to activities that encourage terrorism and extremism".

The Doha-based group, which is believed to be partly responsible for the current diplomatic tussle between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, said on its English Twitter account, "The @AJArabic Twitter account has been suspended".

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Qatar is accused of having links with the terrorist groups and relations with Iran, the two main reasons behind the step taken by certain Arab states to isolate the country and impose sanctions. "Qatar will say I'm sorry, rein in a couple of things, and things will go back to a controlled tension", he said.

Israel and Saudi Arabia are in talks to forge official economic ties with each other in a potential ground-breaking deal, according to reports.

Jubeir did not detail what complaints could be made, but added that they will be presented "very soon". Disruption (by others) will not stop because the truth terrifies them. He added that Qatar should respond to global and regional calls that request it to stop its support to extremism and terrorism.

Joshua Teitelbaum, a specialist on Saudi Arabia at Bar Ilan University's Besa Center, says Saudi dissatisfaction with Doha is longstanding.

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The account was restored later on Saturday.

This had led to "gross violations of human rights", Marri said on Friday in Geneva, noting that every Qatari family had at least one member living in other countries in the region. Earlier this week, he met with the Emirati and Saudi foreign ministers in Washington.

On Thursday, the United States agreed to a $12 billion warplane sale to Qatar, reaffirming its support.

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