Qatar isolation a big mistake: Erdogan

Israel, Saudi Arabia & UAE Lobby Congress For Anti-Qatar Legislation

Israel, Saudi Arabia & UAE Lobby Congress For Anti-Qatar Legislation

Erdogan added he would hold three-way phone talks on the crisis later yesterday with French President Emmanuel Macron and Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim Hamad Al-Thani.

There has been no breakthrough in Kuwaiti efforts to mediate in the crisis, but a USA official in the region said Kuwait was continuing with what is seen as a "slow, painstaking, deliberate" process focused inside the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Qatar denies accusations that it supports Islamist militants and Shi'ite Iran, arch regional foe of the Sunni Gulf Arab monarchies. "The time has come to call on Qatar to end its funding", Trump said last week.

Many United States ambassadors leave their posts after serving around three years.

Shell Smith was appointed the ambassador to the Gulf emirate by Barack Obama in 2014.

"Increasingly hard to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions", she tweeted on May 9.

Qatar is home to Al-Udeid, the largest United States airbase in the region, which houses around 10,000 troops.

France begins voting in first round of parliamentary election
The Republicans and its allies stood at around 20 percent, ten percent behind Macron's LREM with 30 percent. The legislative elections are, like the presidential contest, held over two rounds.

In Washington, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir denied that there was a blockade of Qatar, offering to send food and medial supplies "should they need this".

"If the parties wish so, Morocco is ready to offer its good offices conducive to a calm, franc and comprehensive dialog on the basis of non-interference in domestic affairs, the fight against religious extremism, clarity in positions and loyalty in commitments", the Moroccan Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday.

Saudi Arabia also closed its land border with the tiny Gulf nation, cutting it off from its sole land crossing.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdulrahman al-Thani said on Monday Doha "still had no clue" why Arab states had cut ties with his country.

"Diplomatic dialogue is the solution but it requires a foundation that is not yet available".

Before coming to Kuwait, Nasser Bourita visited the United Arab Emirates where he conveyed on Monday a verbal message from the Monarch to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

In Doha, Qatar Airways called on the UN's aviation body to declare the Gulf boycott against the carrier "illegal" and a violation of a 1944 convention on global air transport.

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