US Intelligence Alleges UAE Hacked Qatari Government Sites Sparking Crisis

Anwar Gargash

Le Drian flew in to Qatar at the start of a Gulf tour aimed at helping defuse the crisis pitting Qatar against Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt. But Doha vehemently denies the charges.

Turkey and Qatar have insisted Ankara will keep a new military base in the emirate, rejecting demands from other Gulf countries for the facility to be closed.

"We can't tolerate such direct and overt support of extremist ideologies", he said, noting that more pressures have to be piled over such nations to change course.

As part of Cairo's efforts to continue involving public opinion in developments, the Information and Decision Support Center of the Egyptian Cabinet published a report on Thursday on future steps and scenarios for dealing with Qatar "in order to preserve Arab national security".

According to the agency, al-Bashir on Tuesday "will head to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on a three-day visit to hold discussions with his brother the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman".

Turkish military base in Qatar, lowering its relations with Iran, shuttering Qatar-sponsored media such as the controversial Al Jazeera television network, and putting Qatar under guardianship.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is calling for a quick end to Qatar's diplomatic crisis.

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That said, the quartet appears reluctant to escalate the crisis further, especially without global support, which they have been unable to garner.

Although U.S. officials noted that Tillerson was just supporting the efforts of Kuwait, the official mediator, his first foray into shuttle diplomacy has thrust him into the forefront of the standoff.

Gargash said the memorandum of understanding signed by the United States and Qatar on Tuesday on the financing of terrorism was a positive development.

Saudi Arabia's Government has accused Qatar of "grave violations, both in secret and in public".

Al Jubeir stressed that there are basic principles that all countries, including Qatar, must abide by, including stopping support to terrorism.

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On Tuesday, speaking in Doha, Tillerson described Qatar as being "reasonable" in its dispute with the four states. Saudi Arabia and its allies believe the USA has mostly sided with Qatar in the current crisis rather than backing them.

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