Turkey, Saudi Arabia to try to reduce tensions over Qatar

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Tillerson today said he wanted the list of demands to be "reasonable", which may point to them trying to dial back some of the most extreme aspects of it.

A day earlier, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the United States was "mystified" by the failure of Saudi Arabia and its allies to justify the ongoing isolation of Qatar, a key USA partner in the fight against ISIS.

He said the United States had erred when it asked Gulf nations to release the demands.

The rift was resolved after eight months but tensions simmered beneath the surface until earlier this month when the UAE and Saudi Arabia moved to cut off Qatar diplomatically and through air, sea and land routes. It will "probably be pressured further because valuations remain elevated", he said.

Trump and the The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia seem to be smitten with one another - so much so that Trump on more than one occasion seemed to side with Saudi royalty over his own administration's advisement.

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"Stop funding, stop teaching hate and stop the killing", he added.

The first Turkish ship carrying some 4,000 tonnes of dry food supplies, fruit and vegetables set off from a port in western Turkey's Izmir province at dawn on Thursday, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Ibrahim Kalin told a group of journalists that the list by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt would comprise "concrete requests and things Qatar must do" but did not provide details.

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The House of Saud also makes the accusation of Qatar supporting the Shia Houthis in the Yemeni Civil War, despite the fact that Qatar is working as an ally with Saudi Arabia in fighting them.

While saying stupid things isn't anything new for Trump, he has already laid some blame on Qatar for funding terrorism, despite hosting a USA central command and a few critical US military bases in the country.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt imposed a blockade on Doha late last month, closing their airspace and territorial waters to Qatari planes and ships.

Attorney General Ali bin Fetais al-Marri, one of the most senior legal figures in Qatar, said the case "is very clear" that the alleged hacking emanated from "countries responsible for the siege".

Mr Trump escalated the row and suggested that the embargo was his idea.

Around the same period, Iran's cattle exporting association said that 66 tons of beef were sent to Doha, announcing plans to supply another 90 tons shortly.

Tillerson also cancelled a scheduled trip to an Organization of American States meeting this week in Mexico to work the Qatar crisis.

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