WASHINGTON D.C. 11 June 2017: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday called on Qatar to stop funding terrorism.
“The nation of Qatar unfortunately has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level,” Trump said in a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the White House, said Wam.
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar on Monday over fomenting instability in the region and supporting extremism.
“We had a decision to make, do we take the easy road or do we finally take a hard but necessary action? We have to stop the funding of terrorism. I decided, along with secretary of state Rex Tillerson, our great generals and military people, the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding, they have to end that funding and its extremist ideology,” Trump said.
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain on Friday put dozens of figures and entities with links to Qatar on terrorism blacklists.
UAE welcomes U.S. President’s statements about Qatar
ABU DHABI: The UAE has welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s statements about Qatar.
“The UAE welcomes President Trump’s leadership in challenging Qatar’s troubling support for extremism. The next step is for Qatar to acknowledge these concerns and commit to reexamine its regional policies,” UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba stated.
“This will provide the necessary basis for any discussions,” Al Otaiba added.
Saudi Arabia welcomes statements of US President
JEDDAH: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has welcomed the statements of the US President Donald Trump, in which he called on Qatar to stop funding terrorism, reported the Saudi Press Agency, SPA.
In a statement to the agency, an official source added that fighting terrorism and extremism is no longer a choice, but rather a commitment that calls for decisive and swift action to cut off all its funding sources in line with the outcomes of the historic Arab, Islamic and US summit.
Bahrain praises US President’s statement on Qatar
MANAMA: The Kingdom of Bahrain has praised the statement made by President Donald Trump on Qatar’s support for extremism, and the immediate need to stop its funding and support for terrorism, affirming that this stance is part of the United States’ relentless efforts to continue combating all forms of terrorism and ensuring international solidarity on this dangerous phenomenon, reported the Bahrain News Agency, BNA.
The Kingdom of Bahrain stressed the necessity of Qatar’s commitment to correct its policies and to engage transparently in counter-terrorism efforts, therefore allowing the countries of the region to confront all terrorist entities and eliminate all those who support them and try to destabilise the countries and peoples of the region.
Niger recalls ambassador to Qatar
NIAMEY: Niger, on Saturday, said it had recalled its ambassador to Qatar, in solidarity with the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, which cut ties with Doha on Monday.
In a statement, Niger’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the decision was made, in solidarity with the four states that have banned their citizens from traveling to Doha. They have since closed off their airspace, territorial waters and land borders to Qatari vehicles, aircraft and ships.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE announced their decision to severe diplomatic relations with Qatar on 5th June.
Later, Yemen, the interim Libyan government, the Maldives, Mauritius, Comoros and Mauritania also severed diplomatic relations with Qatar.
This was followed by Jordan downgrading its diplomatic relations with Qatar, and Senegal recalling its ambassador in Doha for consultations.
By Eudore R Chand