Trump blames Qatar for funding terror

Erdogan approves Turkish troops deployment to Qatar

"The time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding - they have to end that funding - and its extremist ideology in terms of funding", Mr Trump said. "They will not have a positive impact on the region but a negative one", he told a press conference during a visit in Germany.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have suspended all flights to and from Doha and closed off sea and air links to Qatar.

The Pentagon said the blockade was hindering United States ability to plan for long-term operations in the region.

A solution can only be achieved "through diplomacy, not resort to "ally" Turkish and Iranian, and the starting point addresses concerns of siblings about their security and stability targeted policy", he added.

Trump's administration later suggested U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who as Exxon Mobil's CEO had business with Qatar, as a possible mediator.

"The root cause of the crisis is Qatar's support for terrorism and and its extremist agenda".

In the call, the president, "offered to help the parties resolve their differences, including through a meeting at the White House if necessary", the White House said.

Saudi Arabia's closure of Qatar's only land border earlier this week sparked fears of major price hikes and food shortages for its population of 2.7 million people, with long queues forming as some supermarkets began running out of stock.

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On Wednesday, Mr. Trump spoke to Amir Sheikh Tameem Bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar, according to the White House. Aircraft that fly out of Qatar - including fighter jets, drones and refueling planes - can be relocated, they said.

"Our policy is not one of escalation but of eradicating evil targeting our region", he said. Most of its population is comprised of foreign workers who helped build the tiny finger off the Arabian Peninsula into a natural gas exporting powerhouse, crowned with skyscrapers.

The four Arab states severed relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and their arch-adversary Iran - charges Qatar rejects. The riyal currency has tumbled and the cost of insuring Qatari debt against default has risen.

The Qatari government said the move "reinforces baseless allegations that hold no foundation in fact".

"Our position on countering terrorism is stronger than numerous signatories of the joint statement - a fact that has been conveniently ignored by the authors", the Qatari government said in a statement. Those on the list, including the former interior minister, could not be reached for comment.

Egypt and Bahrain branded as terrorists 59 people, including Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi. Some are prominent jihadists who have fought in Libya and Syria.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the other hand, has approved sending troops to an existing Turkish base in Qatar as a sign of support. "We will continue to give all our support to Qatar", Russian Today quoted Erdogan, as saying at an iftar with members of his Justice and Development (AK) Party in Istanbul.

But the Pentagon has been developing contingency plans in case there is any interruption, defence officials said.

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