Trump says Qatar row shows his Middle East trip is 'paying off'

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However, Jordan was taking the terror allegations into consideration and acting accordingly, he said, downgrading diplomatic ties with the beleaguered state and kicking out Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news organization.

"He said every country in the region has their own obligations and they need to live up to terminate their support for terrorism and extremism however it manifests itself anywhere in the world,"she said".

He said his recent visit to Saudi Arabia was "already paying off" and the development might mark the "beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism".

Several Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, cut ties with the tiny Gulf state on Monday over what they say is Qatar's support for terrorism, an accusation Qatar vehemently denies.

The cut in ties pits Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain against Qatar - the world's biggest producer of liquefied natural gas. Perhaps Qatar will withdraw enough media and funding support for things the Saudis don't like to buy them off, and everything will return to normal. "I consider them a host to our very important base at al Udeid", said Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davies.

Qatar's sporting ambitions - it owns French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain, plans to host the 2019 World Championships in athletics, and reportedly spent almost $200 million on a sponsorship deal with Barcelona - have been a means for the Gulf state to enter the global stage.

Saudi Arabia has an active trade blockade against another neighbor, Yemen, where it is using its military in an attempt to restore in power its ally, former President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, who was ousted from the country by Houthi rebels in 2015.

Qatar has for years parlayed its enormous gas wealth and media strength into broad influence in the region.

With Al Jazeera's expansion came unprecedented influence in the Arab world, but also new enemies.

"If you want to know how Qatar funds jihadis, look no further than the hostage deal", said a Syrian opposition figure who had previously negotiated with al-Qaeda affiliated groups on behalf of hostages.

"We've chose to take steps to make clear that enough is enough", Adel Al-Jubeir told journalists in Paris. "Nobody wants to hurt Qatar". "I don't think we will see that sort of retaliation".

But the Saudi-led action was already having tangible effects, with dozens of flights canceled, Qatari planes barred from regional airspace, and panic buying in Doha amid fears of food shortages.

Bankers in Cairo began to halt dealings with Qatari banks on the instructions of their managers, although the Egyptian Central Bank said it had not ordered banks to suspend transactions in Qatari riyals.

On Tuesday, he went to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on a "fraternal visit" to mediate in the crisis, according to the state-run Kuwait News Agency.

Oil prices fell on concern that the rift would undermine efforts by OPEC to tighten output.

U.S. investigators believe Russian hackers breached Qatar's state news agency and planted a fake report that contributed to the crisis, according to USA officials briefed on the investigation. US officials told CNN they believe Russian Federation was trying to "cause rifts among the USA and its allies".

Tensions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia - a Middle East heavyweight - bubbled to the surface two weeks ago when Qatar said its state-run news agency and its Twitter account were hacked to publish a fake story claiming the emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, had called Iran "a regional and Islamic power that can not be ignored".

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