Qatar, accused of supporting terrorism, hires ex-US attorney general

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and its allies yesterday welcomed Mr Trump's comment that Qatar was bankrolling extremism but ignored Mr Tillerson's call for them to ease their economic blockade.

Doha has vehemently denied the allegations.

Turkey would continue its efforts to resolve the dispute, Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said alongside Sheikh Khaled.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced hotlines to help families with Qatari members, their official news agencies reported, after their cutting of diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar led to travel disruption.

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"Our president has stressed the need to resolve this upsetting issue before the end of Ramadan, as it is against our religion, beliefs, and traditions, especially during the month of Ramadan", Mr Cavusoglu said.

Turkish warplanes and ships will also be dispatched and a Turkish delegation plans to go to Qatar in the coming days to assess the base.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right back to the camera, during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 10, 2017.

He added that the discord is solved by dialogue, emphasizing that the GCC is the best place for such talks.

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On Friday the two countries imposed sanctions on 59 individuals and a dozen organisations based in Qatar for financial ties to Islamist militias from Libya to Yemen, as well as Al Qaeda.

Underlining that it has "vital stakes" in peace and stability in the Gulf, India on Saturday asked countries in the region to resolve the Qatar crisis through constructive dialogue and well-established worldwide principles of mutual respect.

Qatar hired Ashcroft Law Firm for 90 days, agreeing to pay it $2.5 million to help the Persian Gulf nation comply with USA money laundering and counterterrorism financing regulations, and to stress its efforts to combat global terrorism, according to disclosures filed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

But US officials insisted both men were sending the same message that the countries of the region should not allow their differences to hinder the fight against extremism. It hosts the forward headquarters of the USA military's central command in the region.

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