USA expresses frustration over Saudi embargo on Qatar

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 22, 2017

The fact the State Department bluntly questioned Riyadh and Abu Dhabi's actions in public suggests Washington was keen for the parties to end the dispute.

"We have to make it very clear for everyone, negotiations must be done in a civilized way and should have a solid basis and not under pressure or under blockade", al-Thani said. The banks, according to the source, did not want to be identified and the exact amount remains unclear.

Trump was feted by Saudi Arabia when he made Riyadh the destination of his first trip overseas as president, on 20 May. The navies of the USA and Qatar also participated in a joint exercise.

"We just want to live out our days, to go to Saudi Arabia and take care of our camels and go back and take care of our family", the camel owner told Reuters.

On June 7, Turkey's parliament fast-tracked legislation to allow troops to be deployed to a military base in Qatar, two days after Gulf countries cut ties with Doha in the worst diplomatic crisis in the region in years.

However, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had called for mediation and a quick resolution of the dispute, given that Qatar, too, is a close military ally of the US.

Yousef al-Jaida, Chief Executive of the Qatar Financial Centre, which administers special rules for foreign-owned companies operating in Qatar, indicated that the Qatari government was also prepared to support local banks if foreign institutions withdraw deposits from them because of the economic boycott, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reports.

"Now that it's been more than two weeks since the embargo started, we are mystified that the Gulf States have not released to the public nor to the Qataris, the details about the claims that they are making toward Qatar", she told reporters. Qatar denies the accusations. All joined the embargo against Qatar, a key U.S. ally and home to the US's biggest base in the Middle East and its hub for operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Concern over the ongoing crisis also surfaced at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday, who said "the depth of the crisis is more worrying than at any time before". The UAE's ambassador to the United States said last week a list of demands for Qatar was being compiled and would soon be handed to the United States.

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