Saudi guards fire on Iranian boat, killing fisherman

Iran said it was unclear if the fishing boats had strayed into Saudi waters

Last week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asked that the nations in the anti-Qatari effort "ease the blockade against Qatar" and requested that Doha be "responsive" to its neighbours' concerns over terror financing.

The signing of the deal was the latest twist in the highly contradictory USA diplomacy over tensions between Qatar and the Persian Gulf Arab countries.

"Until now we didn't see any progress about lifting the blockade, which is the pre-condition for anything to move forward".

Turkey is one of the few powerful countries in the Middle East to stand squarely by Qatar after Saudi Arabia, Egypt and several other states proclaimed it a supporter of terrorism and cut off all economic and diplomatic ties. Saudi Arabia also closed Qatar's only land border and banned its planes from using Saudi airspace.

In 2014, Saudi Arab, Bahrain, and the UAE suspended ties with Qatar and withdrew their diplomats from Doha in order to put pressure on the tiny state to fall in line with the policies of the other states.

"This is about behavioural change", Gargash said.

"Our system here is based on a consensus between the people and its ruler".

Gargach claimed that "Qatar is not under embargo", but added that "its isolation by its neighbors could last years".




Qatar's rivals were "betting on time", but a solution could not be brokered until it abandoned its support for "extremist Islamists". "They have built a sophisticated podium for jihadism and Islamic extremism".

The Saudi foreign minister also highlighted that the Iranian regime continues to ignite violence by intervening in the affairs of various countries in the region, supporting terrorist groups in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, and planting Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Syria and Iraq in blatant violation of worldwide laws and norms.

The official website of the ministry said: "HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani received Saturday a verbal message from HE President of Islamic Republic of Iran Dr. Hassan Rouhani". "Why they didn't submit their demands yet? And we are not going to negotiate on our own affairs", he said.

Two days before she left her job Ms Smith retweeted a post by Meshal Hamad al-Thaniā€, Qatar's ambassador to the USA, which said the deal would create 60,000 new jobs in 42 states.

United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash on Monday said the isolation of Qatar by Gulf nations could go on for years, Al Jazeera reported.

The Gulf political crisis has also affected countries outside the region.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised eyebrows over the weekend when he said King Salman agreed to consider an offer to establish a Turkish military base in the kingdom alongside a Turkish base in Qatar.

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