US warns Gulf crisis could last for months : Aljazeera
A dispute between Qatar and other Arab states is at impasse and could even intensify, the US state department says.
The US believes the crisis could “possibly even intensify” said on Thursday Heather Nauert, the spokeswoman for the state department.
Nauert did not specify what type of escalation the US fears, but she said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson remains in close contact with the countries involved.
The US is praising Kuwait for trying to mediate a resolution, she added.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties to Qatar a month ago, accusing it of funding “terrorism” and spreading unrest.
Qatar has denied allegations and refused to comply in whole with a list of demands.
In a phone conversation with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday, Egypt’s top diplomat Sameh Shoukry reiterated the four Arab states’ “position of rejecting Qatar’s support for terrorism and extremism”.
Also on Thursday, Saudi Arabia accused Doha of being behind more than 23,000 Twitter accounts it blames for trying to stoke dissent in Saudi Arabia.
“We found over 23,000 Twitter accounts driven by Qatar, some of them linked to accounts calling for ‘revolution’ in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi Information Minister Awwad Saleh al-Awwad told AFP news agency during a visit to the French capital Paris.
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