Gulf states announce humanitarian hotline for mixed Qatari families

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Niger said on Saturday it had recalled its ambassador to Qatar in solidarity with Arab countries that have cut ties with Doha, Reuters reported. "The Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities deplores the accusation that Qatari humanitarian organizations support terrorism", the body said in an official statement.

Dialogue is the best way to tackle the political rift in the Arab world over Qatar, two top diplomats said Saturday in Moscow.

Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said Qatar "has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level".

"We lead the region in attacking the roots of terrorism - by giving young people hope through jobs, replacing weapons with pens by educating hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and funding local community programs globally to challenge extremist agendas", it said.

The sanctions not only have significantly hampered Iran's worldwide trade, but also created serious obstacles in the way of importing medicines, endangering the Iranian patients' lives over the past decades.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain had earlier branded as terrorists the same individuals, including Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef Al-Qaradawi, and entities including Qatari-funded charities Qatar Charity and Eid Charity.

Additionally, Qatar Airways is now using longer routes to its European and North American destinations, including direct flights to the world's busiest worldwide airport in Atlanta, after Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt barred Qatari flights from their airspace.

Qatar denies having any ties to extremists.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE have launched hotlines for mixed Qatari families affected by the blockade on Qatar.

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Qatar meanwhile pledged those nations' citizens will have "complete freedom" to stay in the energy-rich country.

Saudi Arabia and UAE jointly host over 3 million Pakistanis, whereas Qatar, a smaller Gulf state, is home to only 115,000 Pakistanis.

"This is a foreign policy that has gone wild", state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash told AFP.

Bahrain on Thursday followed the UAE in announcing that expressing sympathy for Qatar over the sanctions was an offence punishable by jail.

Saudi Arabia's state-run news agency carried an official statement welcoming Trump's remarks, adding that cutting off terrorism funding "required decisive and swift action. regardless of its financier".

It has also told them to apply enhanced due diligence for any accounts they hold with six Qatari banks, including Qatar National Bank (QNB), WAM stated in its report.

Delivering a speech at a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner in Istanbul, Erdogan said Friday that Turkey would provide food and medicine to help Qatar ease its isolation despite the other nations "displeasure".

"People from across the region - not only from Qatar, but also from the states implementing these measures - risk losing jobs and having their education disrupted".

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