USA urges Saudi allies to ease Qatar blockade

But despite his defiance, the foreign minister was adamant the crisis would not evolve into a military conflict. In the call, the president, "offered to help the parties resolve their differences, including through a meeting at the White House if necessary", the White House said.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Bahrain's Foreign Minister that the dispute between Qatar and other Arab states should be resolved by the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said today.

"We're still operating without impact", Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters.

According to Sky Italy, supporters caught donning shirts with the Qatar Airways logo now face €135,000 fines (around £120,000) and up to 15 years in jail.

During a joint news conference later Friday afternoon in the Rose Garden, President Trump had harsher words for Qatar.

Earlier this week Erdogan criticised the sanctions against Qatar, saying he meant to "develop" ties, but he was careful not to criticise Riyadh.

External affairs ministry said India is closely following the emerging situation in the region in the wake of the recent decision by Saudi Arabia and some other countries to break diplomatic relations with Qatar.

- Abu Dhabi port eases restrictions on oil tankers going to and from Qatar.

The newly issued list came hours after Qatar said it would not "surrender" and rejected any interference in its foreign policy.

In further signs of Qatar's isolation on Thursday, the UAE's national postal group said it had suspended all services to Qatar and the UAE aviation authority said it had closed air space for traffic to and from Doha.

Lavrov and Zarif met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's summit in Kazakhstan's Astana to discuss the situation in Qatar and the Syrian crisis.

Cavusoglu also said Turkey's military base in Qatar, to which Erdogan approved legislation on deploying Turkish troops, was aimed at contributing to the security of the entire Gulf region and was not aimed at a specific Gulf state.

He repeated that message forcefully from the podium, despite United States efforts to diffuse the crisis: he even claimed to have been part of the decision made by Saudi Arabia and others. "This dispute is threatening the stability of the entire region", he said. On Wednesday, Emirati officials shut down the airline's offices in the UAE. The new stance suggests a desire by the administration to support Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations that cut diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this week - essentially picking sides in a regional row in the heart of the Sunni Muslim world.

The al-Jazeera headquarters in Doha, Qatar.

Notably, while he criticised Qatar, he thanked Saudi Arabia. A statement from Egypt's presidency said President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Trump spoke by phone on Friday and that el-Sissi thanked him for his role in "the formation of a united front to combat terrorism".

"These procedures that were taken have clear violations of worldwide law and global humanitarian law".

Egypt and Bahrain cut travel and diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday.

The latest spat is unlikely to ease regional tensions in a spiralling political crisis which also threatens to involve the United States, Russia, Europe and other major players such as Turkey, a close ally of Qatar, and Iran.

- Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit says he regrets the split between Arab countries. Many Qataris also live in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

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