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Qatar hits out at neighbours as Arab rift enters third week

19 June 2017

"You are part of our team, but you keep scoring an own goal", Gargash said, citing Qatar's support of militant groups in Libya, Yemen and Syria.

"It is unfortunate that our neighbors have chosen to invest their time and resources in a baseless propaganda campaign", he said, calling the terrorism accusations a "publicity stunt".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson later intervened in the dispute between the Gulf States and Qatar, which hosts a major US Air Force Base at Al Udeid.

The other Arab powers accuse Qatar of supporting Islamist militants, which it denies, and some of them have criticised Al Jazeera as a terrorist mouthpiece and an agent of interference in their affairs. It said the troops had arrived on Sunday.

However, Pentagon and State Department officials have scrambled to reassure the emirate.

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Gargash said the monitoring would aim to ensure Qatar was no longer funding extremism, harbouring extremists in Doha, or providing support to the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Al Qaeda.

The deployment made possible by legislation fast-tracked by Turkey following a diplomatic rift between Doha and four other Arab states.

The Turkish parliament fast-tracked legislation allowing the deployment of Turkish troops to Qatar, where it has a military base and approximately 150 soldiers.

According to the agency's latest report, there have yet to be supply disruptions, but exporters of Qatar's crude, condensate, and liquefied natural gas have already faced some logistical problems. In a June 6 tweet, US President Donald Trump praised Saudi Arabia's move. But it so far has avoided economic collapse by quickly finding alternative routes.

Qatar has also denied those charges.

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Cavusoglu's meetings with leaders of Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia were largely closed to the press.

"Turkey's openly pro-Qatar policy stems from its deep economic, political and military engagement which has been built up over the years", Ilhan Uzgel, a senior Turkish analyst of global relations, told Xinhua.

"The humanitarian impact of the blockade is real", he said.

"We have no news concerning one of the boats", he said.

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Qatar hits out at neighbours as Arab rift enters third week