Gulf states announce humanitarian hotline for mixed Qatari families

Late on Thursday, a joint statement by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE accused 59 individuals and 12 charity organizations in Qatar of being "linked to terror".

When Mr. Trump spoke to the press shortly after the Secretary's statement, he did not repeat the call for lifting the blockade and instead launched a lengthy criticism of Qatar.

Qatar faces isolation by fellow Arab countries after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), and Egypt severed ties with Doha on June 5, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and their adversary Iran.

President Donald Trump has scrambled U.S. diplomacy on two fronts, delivering a rebuke of Qatar at the very moment his secretary of state was trying to mend fences in the Persian Gulf, while at the same time reaffirming support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation two weeks after he had declined to do so.

Sheikh Khaled, in comments translated from Arabic to Turkish, said he had told Erdogan about the actions of Qatar which led to the dispute, and added that there should be a guarantee that Qatar will not continue its current actions. Amid the diplomatic row engulfing the Gulf state, Turkey stood by Qatar as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that "We will not abandon our Qatari brothers".

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"Our president has stressed the need to resolve this upsetting issue before the end of Ramadan, as it is against our religion, beliefs, and traditions, especially during the month of Ramadan", Mr Cavusoglu said.

Turkish mass-circulation newspaper Hurriyet reported on Friday that after an initial deployment of Turkish troops at a base in Doha, Turkish warplanes and ships will also be sent.

The US' "expectation is that these countries will immediately take steps to resolve the situation", he added.

Qatar will pay the Ashcroft Law Firm $2.5 million (2 million pounds) for a 90-day period as the country seeks to confirm its efforts to fight global terrorism and comply with financial regulations including U.S. Treasury rules, according to a Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, filing on Friday with the Justice Department. The UAE welcomed "President Trump's leadership in challenging Qatar's troubling support for extremism". It hosts the forward headquarters of the US military's central command in the region.

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