Saudi Arabia, Bahrain May Loosen Curbs on Some Qatari Families


Egypt's former foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, who also served as his country's ambassador to the United States from 1999 until 2008, once quipped that the U.S. -Egyptian relationship was like a "mature marriage".

Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in a coordinated move on Monday, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and arch-foe Iran in the Gulf's worst diplomatic stand-off in years.

As well as cutting air, sea and land links with Qatar, the countries ordered its citizens to leave within 14 days. Major Arab nations want Qatar to change their policies which includes stop terror funding, expelling the members of Hamas and rein in the state funded media outlets.

This week, the Qatari Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, visited a number of countries, expressing Doha's stance on the rapidly developing crisis.

Hundreds of mixed-citizenship Qatari couples are facing the grim prospect of being split from their families.

"We may be separated from our children and return back to Bahrain for no reason", she said. "This country has given me more than my own country has given me", he said.

It is unclear whether these deliveries are exports or aid. Countries across the world - including Japan, China, Pakistan, the UK, France, Turkey, Brazil and Argentina - rely on the state-run corporation for much of their energy needs.

Kuwait's ruling emir has traveled to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to try and mediate the crisis that began June 5.

The three countries' news agencies did not make clear what services the hotline would provide.

Moscow is playing an important role in international affairs, he continued. He said 90 tons of vegetables already have been sent.

John Ashcroft personally will lead his Washington-based firm's efforts "to evaluate, verify and as necessary, strengthen the client's anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing" compliance, according to documents filed to the U.S. Justice Department.

Qatar's Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities (RACA) condemned the accusations in a statement, adding it would take legal action to protect the humanitarian work charities in Qatar do.