Gulf crisis: UAE to punish Qatar sympathisers with 15 year jail term

Gulf crisis

Arab nations that have isolated Qatar are not trying to escalate the crisis by their latest move - putting dozens of Qatar-linked people on terrorism blacklists, a senior UAE official said on Friday.

Al Thani reportedly hailed Iran as an "Islamic power" and criticized US President Donald Trump's policy towards Tehran.

"The aim as I see it is to straighten an evil that has targeted the region", Anwar Gargash, United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs, tweeted.

The incident triggered a diplomatic row between Qatar and its neighbours.

Egypt, meanwhile, called for the UN Security Council to launch an investigation into accusations that Qatar paid a ransom of up to $1 billion "to a terrorist group active in Iraq" to release kidnapped members of its royal family.

Russian Federation and Turkey have inserted themselves in the GCC crisis, with Ankara fast-tracking plans to send more troops to its new permanent military base in Qatar.

Al Jazeera's Sinem Koseoglu, reporting from Istanbul, said the Turkish government and some opposition parties had expressed support for Qatar during the rift and had said its isolation is not acceptable.

Trump is continuing to talk to all partners in the Middle East to de-escalate tensions, a White House spokeswoman said, but gave no other details.

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Without naming Saudi Arabia, it said: "World public opinion, especially in Iran, sees the fact that this terrorist act was perpetrated soon after the meeting of the US President with the heads of one of the reactionary regional states that has always supported. terrorists as to be very meaningful".

Since the crisis began, 85 percent of Qatar's imports, including food trucks from Saudi Arabia, have been blocked. The efforts by these countries on Qatar's behalf has raised questions about the future possibility of Doha aligning more closely with them and edging away from the GCC and US.

It was an about-turn from Tuesday when the United States president backed the Saudi-UAE position fully, saying on Twitter that they may even bring an end to terrorism.

Qatar faced a similar crisis in 2014 that saw Arab countries pull their ambassadors from the country. The countries also said they would eject Qatar's diplomats.

"The decisions that were made were very strong and will have a fairly large cost on Qatar and we do not believe that Qataris want to sustain those costs".

Kuwait's ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, travelled from the UAE to Qatar on Wednesday after visiting Saudi Arabia the day before to resolve the crisis.

The news of outlawing social media support for Qatar sparked ridicule on Twitter.

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