Qatar denies that charities fund terrorism

Qatar denies that charities fund terrorism

Qatar denies that charities fund terrorism

On Sunday, Kuwait's state-owned news agency, KUNA, publicized a statement attributed to the Kuwaiti foreign minister which said, "Kuwait affirms the readiness of the brothers in Qatar to understand the reality of their brothers and to heed the noble endeavors to enhance security and stability".

The rift has disrupted travel, separated families, severed commercial links and sown confusion among banks and businesses while deepening divisions between their respective allies fighting in wars and political struggles from Libya to Yemen.

It said Qatar was acting in "accordance with its firm beliefs and principles".

A previous mediation effort by Kuwait in which the Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah shuttled between Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha, failed to achieve an immediate breakthrough.

Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates' minister of state for foreign affairs, retweeted the Kuwaiti remarks from France 24, and then added in a separate message: "Is this the beginning in which wisdom and reason prevail?"

Following the blockade, Iran, a main rival of Saudi Arabia, offered its support to Doha, urging Qatar and neighboring Gulf countries to engage in dialogue to resolve their dispute.

"Dozens of Iranian businesses are ready to help Qatar with more goods if they are needed", the diplomat said.

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The countries also issued a list of 59 individuals and 12 charity groups in Qatar they accused of being linked to terrorism.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi praised U.S. president Donald Trump Saturday for his efforts on tackling terrorism and his role in "the formation of a united front to combat terrorism".

"This is the biggest testimony to US failure in the Gulf", the diplomat told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing the latter of supporting terrorist organizations and destabilizing the situation in the Middle East.

An anonymous Qatari official was quoted earlier as saying by Reuters that his country is in talks with "Turkey and Iran and other countries" about securing food and water supplies to stave off any shortages.

Iran said the planes were filled with vegetables and that it plans to send 100 tons of fresh fruit and legumes every day to the import-dependent nation, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. The company said it has not received any requests from the government in Qatar or airlines there for potential cooperation.

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