Saudi-Turkish ties strained over differing views on Qatar


As the state-run broadcaster of Qatar, Al Jazeera is facing accusations of promoting terrorist "plots" from Saudi Arabia, which closed the broadcaster's office this month, along with Jordan. The network said on June 8 it was combating a large-scale cyber attack but that all its entities remained in operation.

The dramatic move comes after years of tension between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours, in particular Saudi Arabia, which has closed its border, severing land, sea and air contact with the tiny peninsula.

In his remarks from London, Jubeir said there was no intention of harming the Qatari people and called Qatar an "ally" in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Qatar's North Dome gas field extends into Iranian waters, where it's known as the South Pars field. But Philip Gordon, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, says the escalating tensions and tougher demands will make a diplomatic solution that much harder to reach.

"So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off". The statement, quoting an unnamed official, said Saudi Arabia "does not need such thing", adding that its armed forces and military capabilities were "at the best standards".

An Iranian fisherman was killed by Saudi Arabia's coast guard last night, Iran's state TV said Saturday.

They also urged their citizens to return to their respective countries, disrupting the lives of thousands in the region and restricting their freedom of movement. Doha says it is being targeted due to its independent foreign policy.

The State has defended its stance on aligning with the Gulf countries that have sanctioned Qatar over allegations of supporting terrorism, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Furthermore, the United States and Qatar announced on Wednesday the signing of a deal for the purchase of F-15 fighter jets with an initial cost of $12 billion, according to Qatar News Agency (QNA).

The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, which is part of the coalition, affirmed a need for a strong Western role in resolving the dispute, telling the Guardian newspaper in the U.K. that any agreement would have to be overseen by "Western allies".