Turkey seeks end to Qatar crisis by end of Ramadan

An armed man stands in a window of the parliament building in Tehran Iran Wednesday

An armed man stands in a window of the parliament building in Tehran Iran Wednesday

Trump on June 9 said Qatar "has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level".

Last Friday, Mr Tillerson called for a "calm and thoughtful dialogue" to resolve the deepening dispute among Sunni Muslim states in the Gulf. Trump's Qatar comments overshadowed earlier remarks by Tillerson that the stand-off was hindering the US-led fight against the Islamic State group. "We have to stop the funding of terrorism".

The government of Qatar has hired John Ashcroft, the U.S. attorney general during the September 11 attacks, as it seeks to rebut accusations from U.S. President Donald Trump and its Arab neighbours that it supports terrorism.

Bahrain joined Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and other states this past week in cutting ties with Qatar over what they say is the emirate's financing of extremist groups and its ties to Iran, Saudi Arabia's regional arch-rival.

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"The blockade is hindering USA military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS", Tillerson said, without providing details.

Lavrov called on Saturday for dialogue between Qatar and the countries boycotting it, offering his country's mediation in the crisis.

Qatar has called the accusations baseless and have described the measures as a "siege" harmful to ordinary people there.

On the stance of Bahrain against Qatar crisis, Shaikh Al Khalifa said Qatar should change its policy and reach a conclusion with his country.

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Saudi Arabia has banned the wearing of any Barcelona shirt with a Qatar Airways logo due to their continued ties with the company. "We regard the threats against the Gulf region as they are against us", he added.

The United Arab Emirates praised Trump's "leadership in challenging Qatar's troubling support for extremism" in a separate statement released on Friday.

"Fighting terrorism and extremism is no longer a choice, rather ... a commitment requiring decisive and swift action to cut off all funding sources for terrorism regardless of its financier", the official Saudi Press Agency reported, citing a government source.

He said: "The emir of Qatar has made progress in halting financial support and expelling terrorist elements from his country, but he must do more and he must do it more quickly".

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