Gulf states hint at expulsion of Qatar from regional bloc

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They have imposed sanctions on Doha, including closing its only land border, refusing Qatar access to their airspace and ordering their citizens back from Qatar.

Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt wrote to FIFA to ask that world football's governing body remove Qatar as hosts, FIFA president Gianni Infantino told Swiss website The Local, according to Reuters.

The French foreign minister has supported Kuwait as a mediator in the crisis, which he said should be resolved "by the Gulf countries themselves".

Mr Le Drian met with Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, and Adel Al Jubeir, the foreign minister, in Jeddah on Saturday.

He arrived in the region on Saturday, two days after U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson ended a four-day mediation mission with no announcement of progress towards defusing the bitter dispute.

"No diplomatic effort or... mediation will succeed without Doha being rational, mature and realistic", UAE state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash tweeted last week.

On June 22, four Arab states advanced 13 demands to Qatar for restoring relations and gave it a 10-day deadline to comply with them.

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Ever since Egypt positioned itself within the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ) alongside Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, terrorist operations have increased.

The hacking took place shortly after US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia.

However, the information ministry was quick to deny that Khartoum is planning to join the Saudi-led alliance against Qatar and reaffirmed Khartoum support for the Kuwaiti efforts to send the rift between the Gulf countries.

"If Tillerson can convincingly frame his mission as delivering a deal for the United States that is all about defeating terrorism... then he may have some chance", said Partrick, who focuses on Gulf politics. On the one hand, Washington supported Saudi Arabia and its allies, and on the other, dropped their backing for Riyadh by ostensibly criticizing Qatar's performance in the region and at the same time concluding new agreements with Doha.

Qatar hosts al-Udeid Air Base, the largest USA military installation in the Middle East and hub for US -led operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Qatar has said repeatedly it is ready for talks on the crisis, and Sheikh Mohammed reiterated that on Wednesday.

Qatar has complicated matters by rejecting the ATQ's demands, considering some of them detrimental to its sovereignty.

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