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Tillerson cancels trip to Mexico to work on Qatar crisis
August 21 2017, 06:41 | Alonzo Simpson
He appealed to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and others to lift their measures, which include cutting of diplomatic ties with Qatar and a ban of Qatari planes from the Arab nations' airspace.
President Donald Trump has called Qatar a leading sponsor of terrorism but, on Thursday, the Pentagon went ahead with a $12 billion F-15 fighter jet sale to Doha. With no warning, they aggressively isolated Qatar, imposing a blockade on a USA security partner that hosts over 10,000 American troops. To consolidate his grip on power in Saudi Arabia, MBS needs success on regional, domestic and worldwide fronts. They accuse Qatar of funding terrorism, fomenting regional unrest and cosying up to their enemy Iran, all of which Qatardenies.
"The secretary will continue these efforts".
"This is of course proof that USA institutions are with us but we have never doubted that", a Qatari official in Doha said.
In his 2011 book "On China", former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger mentions the ancient Chinese strategy game that emphasizes encircling the opponent, and creating natural attrition or attrition by intervention therewith. However, Pakistan's political rival, India, has reportedly opened up a new direct shipping route to Qatar, defying the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia. He rejected allegations that Saudi Arabia was suspending aid worth $50 million (44 million euros) until the Horn of Africa nation severs ties with Qatar. Qatar has repeatedly denied the accusations and called the Saudi-led action an "illegal siege".
After the visit, the Saudi regime speedily reviewed its regional relations on the basis of reproducing the classic American policies in the Middle East that prevailed during the cold war era.
"We have been cooperating with Russian Federation and Iran in the Astana negotiating process, we call on Saudi Arabia and the United States to join the talks", Erdogan said.
Dr Al Jaber also reviewed with Mr Lavrov the list of designated terrorist organisations and individuals supported by Qatar, which was issued by Saudi Arabia and the UAE last week.
"The Muslim majority nations in Africa feel that they need to make a decision for or against Qatar", Annette Weber, an expert on the Middle East and Africa at the German Institute for worldwide and Security Affairs said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held phone conversations with French President Emmanuel Macron and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani over the recent spat among Gulf Arab states on Friday.
Mevlut Cavusoglu announced the visit after speaking with the foreign ministers of Kuwait, Qatar and Tunisia.
"For now, we are working to bring these states together towards a solution which satisfies both their current regional concerns and the global needs and expectations of passengers and shippers", the statement said.