Saudi-Turkish ties strained over differing views on Qatar

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Simmering tensions between the USA partners boiled over this month when Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, along with Egypt, severed ties with Qatar over its alleged support for extremism and imposed economic restrictions on it. "We pay a great attention to our relations with them".

Jubeir did not detail what demands could be made.

USA and Arab sources are claiming the two nations are hoping to develop relations with each other, starting with allowing Israel to set up business in Saudi Arabia and giving permission for Israeli airline El Al to use Saudi airspace in its flights, reports The Times.

The UAE has called for a "Western mechanism" to make Qatar abide by any agreement to end its support for terrorism.

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Yasser Abuhilalah, managing director of Al-Jazeera Arabic, confirmed the suspension via social media.

"The external current account deficit could remain at around 2% of GDP as the sharp fall in travel and transport related service receipts due the prolonged travel bans of neighbors and airspace closures", said Boban Markovic, Research Analyst at IIF.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and others severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremist groups, including some backed by Iran. Qatar denies the coalitioin's allegations that it supports terrorist groups and Iran, and has accused Saudi Arabia of seeking to dominate smaller states within the energy-rich region.

CEO Saad al-Kaabi said that although there was a "force majeure" clause in the agreement on the Dolphin gas pipeline, which links Qatar's giant North Field with the UAE, Qatar would not stop supplies for other reasons.

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In another tweet, he said no other "channel in the world... faces the same amount of conspiracy".

The Turkish parliament approved the deployment of troops to the base in Qatar only two days after the Gulf crisis broke out earlier this month.

To understand what is going on and what triggered this latest crisis between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours, I reached out to Thomas Juneau, an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa and a Middle East expert. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Gulf crisis in a trilateral phone conversation with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and French president Emmanuel Macron, according to Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency.

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