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Arab nations add names to terror list amid Qatar dispute

Arab nations add names to terror list amid Qatar dispute”

"This list is connected to Qatar and serves suspicious agendas in an indication of the duality of Qatar policies", said the statement from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain.

But a Qatari diplomat said the crisis reflected a lack of USA leadership.

Qatar dismissed the terror listing as part of "baseless allegations that hold no foundation in fact", the AP says, standing by earlier defiant statements by its top diplomat that Arab nations had no "right to blockade my country".

Qatar Airways also made a statement that said, "All customers booked on affected flights to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be provided with alternative options, including the option of a full refund on any unused tickets and free rebooking to the nearest alternative Qatar Airways network destination".

Kuwait has led a regional effort to mediate, but the four states intensified the pressure on Friday by placing dozens of people with alleged links to Qatar on terrorism blacklists.

"This is the biggest testimony to USA failure in the Gulf", the diplomat told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Gargash added that diplomacy was needed to bring about a solution-"not by resorting to Iran and Turkey" but by addressing the root issues of concern voiced by GCC states numerous times.

Turkey slams Arab countries for isolating Qatar

The legislation, which also foresees cooperation in military training, was rapidly passed in parliament on Wednesday, a day after Erdogan openly sided with Qatar and criticized other Gulf countries' moves to isolate it.

In a sign Gulf states were seeking to lessen the human impact of their June 5 severing of ties, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE said on Sunday they had set up hotlines to help families with Qatari members, without elaborating.

A peninsular nation of 2.5 million people, Qatar has for years punched well above its weight in world affairs by parleying its vast gas wealth into influence across the region, irking many with its maverick stances and support for Islamists. Earlier this week, UAE had also announced that social media posts that reach out in support to Qatar are also punishable by three to 15 years in prison, or a fine of at least 500,000 AED (US$135,000).

"Our position on countering terrorism is stronger than numerous signatories of the joint statement - a fact that has been conveniently ignored by the authors", it said in a statement.

Numerous others added to the list are figures associated with the Muslim Brotherhood who have made Qatar a base, including Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi.

Still, the Pentagon has been developing contingency plans in case there's any interruption, defense officials said.

Turkey will send warplanes and warships to Qatar after an initial deployment of troops, the mass-circulation Hurriyet newspaper said on its website. Though the president said others, too, were guilty of supporting terrorism, he said he would not name them.



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