Saudi Arabia, Bahrain welcome Donald Trump's scolding of Qatar

Taking what appeared to be a different position to Trump's hard line, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made clear on Friday he expected all parties to end the crisis.

Rights group Amnesty International warned of "heartbreak and fear" suffered by ordinary people caught in the diplomatic crossfire.

Qatar has long denied supporting or funding terror groups.

Erdogan signed legislation to deploy troops to a Turkish air base in Qatar in a show of support for Doha, while pledging to establish a lifeline of food and medicine for the isolated nation. "This situation is a strategic opportunity to seize, not a crisis to manage", he said. But we will solve that problem.

Russian Federation is "ready to try to do everything in its power" to help resolve the crisis, he said.

The majority of those entities sanctioned are linked to Qatar and are "a manifestation of a Qatari Government policy of duplicity", the statement added.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday called on Qatar to stop funding terrorism as his state department urged Arab states to ease their blockade on the country and calm tensions that intensified with a Turkish offer to send military forces to aid its Qatari ally.

Qatar's detractors seized on his remarks as vindication of their stance.

They are united in their fear Qatar's alleged ambivalence towards Tehran and were galvanised by US President Donald Trump's recent tour of the region. That includes Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Maldives.

Kuwait-which unlike most of its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members has not cut off ties with Qatar-has been leading efforts to mediate.

Nearby Bahrain has also severed ties with Qatar.

"The State of Qatar has never seen such hostility, not even from a hostile state", a Foreign Ministry statement said Thursday. "They have to end that funding", he said.

A top Gulf official, on condition of anonymity, told Agence France-Presse that a major concern was the influence of Sheikh Tamim's father, Sheikh Hamad, who had allowed the Taliban to open an office in Doha and helped arm Syrian rebels before abdicating in 2013.

Trump's comments came after his top diplomat Rex Tillerson appealed to Saudi Arabia and its regional allies to ease their blockade of Qatar, saying it is hindering USA military actions in the region and the fight against the Islamic State.

The biggest United States air base in the Middle East is in Qatar and around 10,000 personnel work there in support of several allied operations in Iraq, Syria and around the region.

But Davis added that "while current operations from Al Udeid Air Base have not been interrupted or curtailed, the evolving situation is hindering our ability to plan for longer term military operations".

The rift between Washington's key Western Gulf allies has escalated into the region's worst diplomatic crisis in years. "We believe these are unintended consequences, especially during this holy month of Ramadan, but they can be addressed immediately", he said.

All countries in the energy-rich region depend on imports, but Qatar's main trade routes connect by land with Saudi Arabia and by sea via ports in the U.A.E.

On Saturday, Niger announced it had recalled its ambassador to Qatar in solidarity with Arab countries.

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