Qatar isolation could last for years: Gargash

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Then Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani seized power in a 1995 coup and began to reshape his country's influence through strategic alliances with Iran, trade relations with Israel and construction of the US air base.

Defense Secretary James Mattis warned that Russian Federation could take advantage of the Persian Gulf split, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the Arab nations to end the blockade for humanitarian and military reasons as they continue to battle the Islamic State.

"France, UK or the United States - they are strong allies of Qatar and we have a great deal of cooperation together in terms of military, defense, security, economically", said Sheikh Mohammed.

Qatar's government announces the arrival of the first group of Turkish soldiers to participate in joint drills.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir showed no signs of backing down either, telling a press conference: "We have a list of grievances we shall give to Qataris fairly soon". Qatar has always been seen as an individually focused state assuming its own policy course and going against the common policies of the other GCC states. "We are starting to see unsafe spillovers already both in the broader region but also in Africa and in Asia, there are worrying signals", she said in Luxembourg. Afghan News Agency on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook. Qatar denied the statements as fabricated and attributed the source to a hacking of its official websites.

"There's very few Qatari companies doing business in Saudi, UAE, Bahrain. Victimising Qatar through smear campaigns serves no goal".

The political atmosphere has already sent the state of Qatar into an economic frenzy.

The Saudi-led bloc of nations also cut off sea and air links with Qatar, ratcheting up pressure on the small country which is a major importer of food from Saudi Arabia and other neighboring countries through sea and its only land access to Saudi Arabia. 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.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Egypt have sought the support of the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the stance the coalition of the Arab countries against Qatar.

"Neighbors are permanent; geography can't be changed".

The latest political developments in the Gulf are a cause of concern for the entire Muslim world, and the worldwide community as a whole. "I strongly believe that progress toward peace in the Middle East requires the United States to hold regional governments, including the state of Qatar, to account for such behavior".

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