Sudan’s president, facing protests, looks for aid from Qatar
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sudan's embattled president on Wednesday met the ruler of the tiny, energy-rich nation of Qatar, likely looking for financial support amid weekslong protests challenging his 29-year rule in the African nation.
Both Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Qatar's ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, smiled as they shook hands and embraced at the Emiri Diwan in Doha.
Sudan’s embattled president travels to Qatar amid unrest
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's embattled president flew Tuesday to Qatar, the tiny but wealthy Gulf state that has offered him help as he faces protests initially sparked by the country's economic woes but which soon shifted to calling on him to step down.
Qatar's official news agency said President Omar al-Bashir, in power since 1989, will meet Wednesday with the emirate's ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to discuss "brotherly relations and ways to bolster them."
Qatar to invest $500 million in Lebanese government bonds
BEIRUT (AP) — Qatar has announced that it will invest $500 million in Lebanese government bonds to support the Mediterranean country's struggling economy.
Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani made the announcement in comments to Qatar's state news agency.
Monday's announcement came a day after Qatar's ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani made a short rare visit to Lebanon where he met President Michel Aoun and took part in an Arab economic summit.
Qatar emir skips Saudi-hosted Gulf summit amid boycott
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Leaders of Gulf Arab countries, including those boycotting Qatar, met on Sunday in Saudi Arabia's capital for a regional summit, a gathering that Qatar's ruling emir choose not to attend amid the dispute.
The absence of Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as well as Qatar's recent decision to withdraw from the Saudi-dominated OPEC oil cartel, underlined the simmering crisis facing the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Merkel: Germany backs constructive solution to Gulf crisis
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says the dispute between Qatar and four Arab nations shows how important cooperation in the region is, and is pledging Germany's support for constructive measures to end the crisis.
At the opening of a Qatar-Germany business forum in Berlin Friday alongside Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Merkel suggested the country's diplomatic crisis with Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE was bad for the regional economy and security.
PARIS (AP) — Qatar's emir said his country has not reached a deal yet over the purchase of Russia's most advanced air defense missile system.
In a news conference in Paris on Friday, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said "it's true we discussed it ... Until now, there's nothing." He declined to provide details.
Last month, French newspaper Le Monde reported that Saudi Arabia asked France to help prevent Qatar from buying Russia's S-400 missile system.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have held the first-ever meeting of their Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council, created amid a diplomatic dispute now affecting a wider regional bloc of Gulf Arab nations.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hosted Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday night.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE already have a tight security relationship, with both nations deeply enmeshed in Yemen's war.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A prominent human rights lawyer demanded Monday that Qatar compensate Dutch-based victims of an al-Qaida-linked Syrian extremist group, saying the Al Nusra group was financed by Qatar-based funding networks.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump vouched publicly on Tuesday for Qatar's efforts to stop the funding of terrorism, reversing his past critique and lending presidential credence to Qatari claims that it's been unfairly maligned by its Persian Gulf rivals.
Emir of Qatar says Trump agrees Syrians’ suffering must ‘stop immediately’
The ruler of Qatar said in a meeting with President Trump Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad is a "war criminal" who must be stopped from killing more of his own people.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said the Syrian people have suffered for too long in the seven-year-old civil war.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit with the ruling emir of Qatar (all times local):
The ruling emir of Qatar is telling President Donald Trump his country stands firmly against terrorism.
Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is telling Trump "we do not tolerate people who support or fund terrorism." Trump once accused the tiny gas-rich nation of funding terrorism at a "high level."
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top Emirati diplomat has expressed confidence in the bloc of Gulf Arab states some 10 months after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism— allegations Doha denies.
Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said: "The Gulf Cooperation Council remains intact because of shared interests among Gulf citizens and states" that override political crises.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia could consider a proposal to dig a maritime canal along the kingdom's border with Qatar, turning the peninsula-nation into an island and transforming its only land border into a military zone and nuclear waste site, state-linked Saudi newspapers reported Monday.
Emir of Qatar to visit White House next week
WASHINGTON (AP) — The emir of Qatar (KUH'-tur) will be meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House next week.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will be meeting with Trump on April 10.
She says Trump looks forward to discussing ways to strengthen ties between the two countries and "advance our common security and economic priorities."
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump had separate phone conversations with two leaders of nations in the Persian Gulf region, discussing the ongoing disputes between Qatar and some of its Arab neighbors.
Trump spoke Monday with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar. The White House says Trump stressed the importance of resolving the Persian Gulf dispute in both calls.
Qatar’s ruler to attend Gulf meeting in Kuwait amid dispute
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Qatar's ruling emir will attend a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council this week in Kuwait, his government said Monday, a summit coming amid a boycott of the energy-rich country by three of the council's members.
Kuwait to host Gulf Cooperation Council meeting next week
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman's state news agency is reporting that the sultan has received a message from Kuwait's ruler that the Gulf Cooperation Council will meet next week in Kuwait City.
The report on Thursday is the first confirmation that Kuwait intends to host the GCC conference despite the ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar.
Qatari emir: Boycotting Arab nations don’t want to negotiate
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar's emir says the four Arab nations that are boycotting his tiny, energy-rich country don't want to negotiate to end the monthslong diplomatic crisis that has engulfed Doha.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani told members of Qatar's Shura Council on Tuesday that the four nations had tried to harm the country's economy and attempt to stop it from hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Sheikh Tamim says "their goal was not to reach a solution or settlement."
Qatar’s emir warns against military action in Gulf dispute
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar's emir has warned against any military confrontation over the ongoing diplomatic dispute between his country and four other Arab nations, saying it would only plunge the region into chaos.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said U.S. President Donald Trump has offered to host a meeting between Qatar and its opponents — Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — to end the crisis between the American allies.
Qatar’s leader urges end to trade embargo, calls for talks
BOGOR, Indonesia (AP) — Qatar's emir urged neighboring states to lift an "unfair" 4-month-old trade embargo and said Wednesday that he's ready to open talks to end the diplomatic crisis.
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who arrived in Indonesia late Tuesday from a state visit in neighboring Malaysia, said at a joint news conference with Indonesia's president that the standoff is hurting all the countries involved.
"We are all brothers and we have suffered losses due to this crisis," he said.
Malaysia rolls out red carpet for Qatar’s emir
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia on Monday rolled out the red carpet for Qatar's emir, who is on his first trip to Southeast Asia four months after a diplomatic crisis erupted between his nation and four Arab countries.
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur late Sunday, was given a 21-gun salute at a state welcoming ceremony in Parliament attended by Malaysia's king, Prime Minister Najib Razak and Cabinet ministers.
Qatari emir meets Merkel, Macron in 1st trip since crisis
BERLIN (AP) — Qatar's ruling emir met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday on his first trip abroad since a diplomatic crisis erupted between the tiny Gulf nation and its neighbors, and the German leader voiced "great concern" that no end to the conflict is in sight.
Merkel, addressing reporters alongside the emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, said she hoped dialogue could lead to "fair compromises."
Qatar emir due in Turkey for first trip since Gulf crisis
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey said Thursday it wants Qatar and its Arab neighbors to overcome differences through dialogue and a "brotherly" manner as Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was set to arrive in Ankara on his first foreign trip since a diplomatic crisis erupted.
Sheikh Tamim is scheduled to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss ties as well as the three-month-old diplomatic rift between the Gulf neighbors.
Qatari, Saudi leaders have a phone call, start new dispute
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Leaders in Qatar and Saudi Arabia spoke by telephone early Saturday in their first high-level contact since an Arab diplomatic crisis engulfed Doha three months ago, but now even terms of what they discussed have created a new dispute.
That even this small step toward a resolution creates new tension shows how deeply the boycott of Qatar has cut across the typically clubby politics of the Gulf Arab states.
US steps up Qatar crisis diplomacy, lauds Kuwait’s mediation
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday ramped up diplomatic efforts to help resolve Qatar's crisis with its Arab neighbors, which risks implications for America's military presence in the Middle East and the fight against the Islamic State group. The U.S. is also concerned that the spat among Arab governments could hamper a shared interest in blunting Iranian assertiveness in the region.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Turkey's president on Monday urged Qatar and Arab countries isolating it to negotiate an end to the crisis dividing them as he wrapped up a two-day Gulf tour.
Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in a brief statement that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced his support for mediation efforts being led by Kuwait and said initiatives underway to resolve the crisis through dialogue should continue.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar's ruling emir said on Friday that his embattled Gulf nation remains open to dialogue with four Arab countries that have isolated it, but that any resolution to the crisis must respect his country's sovereignty.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatari officials investigating a cyberattack that sparked a diplomatic crisis with four Arab countries said on Thursday their findings indicate the attack was coordinated with one of the countries, and that the United Arab Emirates had benefited the most from it.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat concluded a week of shuttle diplomacy in the Persian Gulf crisis on Thursday bearing no promise of an imminent breakthrough, but he voiced optimism that Qatar and its four Arab neighbors might soon at least be willing to talk face to face.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrapped up talks with the king of Saudi Arabia and other officials from Arab countries lined up against Qatar on Wednesday with no sign of a breakthrough in an increasingly entrenched dispute that has divided some of America's most important Mideast allies.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's efforts to resolve the crisis between Qatar and four other Arab nations (all times local):
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has wrapped up talks with the king of Saudi Arabia and other officials from Arab countries lined up against Qatar without signs of a breakthrough in an increasingly entrenched dispute that has divided some of America's most important Mideast allies.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Arab nations isolating Qatar extended a deadline Monday for the energy rich country to respond to their demands by another 48 hours, allowing its top diplomat to carry a handwritten response to Kuwait's ruler in an effort to end the diplomatic crisis.
Whether another two days will be enough to end the crisis, however, may be a stretch.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has spoken separately with several leaders of nations in the Persian Gulf region and addressed ongoing disputes between Qatar and some of its Arab neighbors.
The White House says Trump urged unity and reiterated the importance of stopping terrorist financing and discrediting extremist ideology.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has offered to personally broker a resolution to the Persian Gulf's escalating diplomatic crisis, as both he and Qatar looked past his pointed suggestion only a day earlier that the tiny gas-rich nation enables terrorism.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered Wednesday to personally broker a resolution to the Persian Gulf's escalating diplomatic crisis, as both he and Qatar looked past his pointed suggestion only a day earlier that the tiny gas-rich nation enables terrorism.
In the last 24 hours, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Maldives and Yemen have all cut ties with Qatar. It has been expelled from the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. In addition, Emirates, Etihad and FlyDubai have announced the imminent cancellation of flights to Doha.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Incendiary statements about Iran and Israel posted on Qatar's state-run news agency that authorities blamed on hackers sparked a regional dispute Wednesday, with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia blocking Qatari media including Al-Jazeera.
The alleged hack and purported fake news exposed real tensions still lingering in the Gulf between Qatar and other nations over the small gas-rich country's support of Islamist groups.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar's ruler has met with Iran's foreign minister in the latest visit to the Arabian Peninsula by a senior official from the predominantly Shiite nation.
The state-run Qatar News Agency reported that Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at his Al-Bahr Palace in the capital, Doha, Wednesday. Qatar and Iran share control of a giant underwater natural gas field.
Sheikh Khalifa, deposed former ruler of Qatar, dies at 84
Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, the former emir of the tiny Gulf nation of Qatar who was deposed by his son in a bloodless palace coup, died on Sunday.
The emiri diwan, or royal court, announced the death of the 84-year-old former ruler. State TV quickly cut from its regular programming, airing Quranic recitations late into the night.
Quotes from the gathering of world leaders at the UN
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Key quotes from world leaders at the opening of the annual ministerial meeting of the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.
"Present in this hall today are representatives of governments that have ignored, facilitated, funded, participated in or even planned and carried out atrocities inflicted by all sides of the Syria conflict against Syrian civilians." -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Qatari emir makes outreach effort to Iran’s president
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar's emir has spoken with the Iranian president in an outreach effort that could help ease tensions between Sunni Gulf Arab states and Shiite-majority Iran.
The official Qatar News Agency says Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani offered his greetings Monday to President Hasan Rouhani to mark the start of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, and discussed issues including terrorism and the "principles of good neighborliness."