Qatar news updates: UK joins calls to end sanctions against Qatar – latest on Gulf crisis

BRITAIN is calling for Arab states to end the embargo on Qatar as the Turkish President leaves the Gulf after failing to end the crisis. Here are the latest updates and breaking news on the Qatar blockade.

The Express
PUBLISHED: 08:00, Tue, Jul 25, 2017 | UPDATED: 08:58, Tue, Jul 25, 2017

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Qatar news updates: Gulf crisis latest as UK joins call to end sanctions

  • Boris Johnson backed the Qatari Emir’s call for dialogue to end the blockade 
  • Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar last month
  • The Gulf states have scaled back their Qatar demands to six principles 
  • Doha reject accusations that it finances extremist groups

Here are live updates, breaking news and the most recent information on the escalating Gulf crisis. (All times BST)

3.30am: Egypt reiterates blockade commitment

Egypt has insisted it will continue to maintain a blockade of Qatar as four Arab states yet again hammer the embattled nation with a series of bans.

The country’s President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, said Cairo will “not backtrack” on the blockade, adding: “Our persistence on its own, our stance, and this block, is pressure in itself.”

Monday 9.20pm: Turkish President leaves Qatar

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has left Qatar having apparently failed to bring about any resolution to the row in the Gulf.

Turkey has been Qatar’s most powerful ally in the dispute, rushing through legislation to send more troops to its base in Doha as a sign of support.

But after a two day visit to the region, where he also visited Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, discussions appear to still be at stalemate.

Qatari state news agency QNA said that Qatar’s ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, had “reviewed regional developments, specifically the Gulf crisis and efforts to contain it and to resolve it through diplomatic means…” in talks with Erdogan.

The agency said the talks also covered joint efforts to combat terrorism and reviewed defence and economic cooperation.

Several contingents of Turkish troops with columns of armoured vehicles have arrived in Doha since the crisis erupted on June 5.

Under a 2014 agreement, Ankara could send in as many as 1,000 troops.

7.30pm: Russia is prepared to mediate the Gulf crisis 

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared Russia’s readiness to mediate the diplomatic row that has shaken the Middle East.

“We are interested in this crisis being overcome, taking into account mutual concerns and finding solutions which will be acceptable for all participants of this process,” Mr Lavrov told Kurdish television channel Rudaw.

“We support the mediating efforts which are being made by the Emir of Kuwait… If as part of those efforts or in addition to them all sides think that Russia could also do something useful, we will be ready to respond to such appeals,” the Minster added.

6.11pm: Qatar’s Emir and Turkish President discuss the Gulf crisis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with the Emir of Qatar in Doha to discuss mediation efforts surrounding the diplomatic row.

Both sides praised Kuwait’s involvement and talked about joint efforts in combating “terrorism and extremism”.

Mr Erdogan is currently on a tour of the Middle East.

5.30pm: Russia is ready to act as mediator if asked

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Russia is ready to play the role of mediator in the Qatar dispute if asked.

Monday 1pm: The Turkish President visits Qatar 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has landed in Qatar – the last stop on a Gulf tour in an attempt to resolve the crisis.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Emir of KuwaitAFP Getty

Qatar news updates: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Emir of Kuwait

Monday noon: Pilgrims from Qatar can fly to Saudi Arabia

Pilgrims from Qatar will be allowed to fly to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca as long as they do not travel with Qatar Airways.

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said: “Pilgrims from Qatar who have Hajj permits … can come directly from Doha or through any other transit place.”

Monday 10am: TV channels linked to Qatar unblocked in Saudi Arabia

Websites and some television channels linked to Qatar were unblocked in Saudi Arabia but the change arose from a technical glitch and the restrictions will be reimposed shortly, a key Saudi royal court adviser said.

As part of the boycott on Qatar, Saudi and Emirati authorities blocked the Qatari state-funded television network Al Jazeera and spin-off channels of beIN Sports.

But on Monday morning, Saudi viewers reported that beIN sports channels and websites were back operating, while Al Jazeera satellite channels remained blocked.

“The lifting of the block on websites of the Qatari authorities was due to a technical error and will be fixed within the coming hours,” tweeted Saudi royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani.

As of late Monday morning, Al Jazeera remained blocked in both countries, along with the websites for Qatar Airways and Doha News.

Sunday 9.30pm: Emir of Kuwait meets Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah in Kuwait in a bid to resolve the Gulf crisis.

It came after he met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Sunday.

Last month Turkey’s President rejected a demand by Saudi Arabia and its allies that it withdraw its troops from Qatar.

“To ask Turkey to pull out its troops from Qatar is firstly disrespectful behaviour towards us,” he said in Istanbul.

Erdogan: We will continue to give all our support to Qatar

Noon on Sunday: Boris Johnson calls for Qatar embargo to be lifted 

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson backed the Emir of Qatar’s call for dialogue to resolve the ongoing diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.

He said: ”I welcome the Emir of Qatar’s commitment to combat terrorism in all its manifestations, including terrorist financing.

“The Emir also pledged to resolve the remaining differences with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain through dialogue, negotiation, and Kuwaiti mediation.

“These steps will help to resolve the dispute.

“We hope that in turn Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain respond by taking steps towards lifting the embargo. This will allow substantive discussions on remaining differences to begin.

“The UK will continue to engage our partners in the region to help them reach a solution, including assisting Kuwait’s important efforts in whatever way we can.”

Friday: Emir of Qatar calls for dialogue to resolve Gulf crisis 

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, called for dialogue to end what he described as an unjust “siege” on Qatar.

He said: “The time has come for us to spare the people from the political differences between the governments.”

In a televised speech, he rejected accusations made by the four Gulf states that Qatar is financing extremist groups and supporting terrorism.

He said: ”Qatar is fighting terrorism relentlessly and without compromise, and the international community recognises this.”

In response, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Relations Anwar al-Gargash tweeted that while dialogue is necessary, Qatar must review its policies because repeating its previous positions only “deepens the crisis”.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he was satisfied with Qatar’s efforts to implement an agreement to combat terrorist financing, and urged Arab states to lift the “land blockade”.


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One Response to “Qatar news updates: UK joins calls to end sanctions against Qatar – latest on Gulf crisis”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

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