Saudi detains Turkey media reporters 'on FM's visit'

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A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion has categorically denied a media report stating that Saudi Arabia has severed all ties with Malta over alleged remarks made by the Minister on Gulf countries' decision to cut ties with Qatar. This list will surely include Doha's hosting and supporting the 59 individuals and 12 entities named in the recently announced list of terrorism. Turkey and Qatar both provided support for the elected Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt that was toppled in 2013 by military leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, now Egypt's president.

He noted that the Saudi Arabians are the importers of the main bulk of Somaliland livestock and the bilateral relations between the two has been in place for ages.

"The United Nations and the US Treasury Department list 10 times as many suspected terrorists and terrorist financiers from the boycotting countries as from Qatar, " Al Thani wrote.

According to an informed source, speaking on condition of anonymity to AFP on Sunday, the troops, who are part of the United States Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), headquartered in Bahrain, were asked by Manama to leave their base.

The foreign and economic ministers of Qatar are members of the royal family under the emir's absolute monarchy.

Qatar hits out at neighbours as Arab rift enters third week
They are also perturbed by the fact that Qatar has maintained open relations with Iran , Saudi Arabia's adversary in the region. However, the recent Gulf crisis spurred Turkey's government to approve sending troops to Qatar forthwith.

Washington has so far snubbed Erdogan's requests to extradite the US -based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, leader of the Gulen Movement that was blamed for the 2016 failed coup against Erdogan, while criticizing Turkey's post-coup crackdown for violating human rights and rule of law. "The ordeal lasted almost 10 hours during which we faced multiple interrogations and lock-up", he said, expressing gratitude to the Turkish authorities for solving the issue.

He also visited Kuwait and Saudi Arabia for talks to end the crisis.

Arab countries had initially dominated the Qatari monarchy after its independence in 1971. The pair are now heading back to Turkey. "Qatar has to be brought around, put out of business or absorbed".

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday held talks in #Kuwait to push mediation efforts aimed at resolving a standoff between a Saudi-led alliance and Qatar. "By taking the Qatari side, Turkey confronts a huge Sunni block that stretches from North Africa to the Maldives", he said.

The Persian Gulf this month has been gripped by a crisis involving Qatar and several other countries that could see thousands of people forced to move and start new lives.