Twitter account of Qatar-based Al-Jazeera 'suspended'

Some speculate that shuttering Al Jazeera could help end the diplomatic crisis, which erupted last month between Qatar and its neighbors in the Gulf, AFP reported.

"In all our deals there is a provision for a so-called force majeure..."

Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tillerson would stay to work the phones to try to convince Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to settle their differences.

"There is zero trust, but we need a monitoring system and we need our Western friends to play a role in this", UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said on Saturday.

The news comes as the Gulf faces the biggest diplomatic crisis in recent years, with regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia and some of its allies suspending ties with gas-rich Qatar over accusations the emirate bankrolled Islamist extremists and had ties to rival Iran. Jordan and Djibouti reduced the level of their diplomatic missions in Qatar.

For his part, Rex Tillerson, the USA secretary of state, has cancelled his scheduled trip to an Organization of American States (OAS) meeting in Mexico next week to stay in the United States and work on resolving the Qatar crisis.


"Qatar has been very busy, especially since 2011, since the onset of Arab uprisings but before that too, developing relations with basically everybody in the Middle East", Juneau said.

Earlier, Qatar-based broadcaster's Twitter account for its main Arabic-language channel had been suspended, in the latest "conspiracy" to hit the station. Al Jazeera had recently said that it was combating a large-scale cyber attack.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised eyebrows over the weekend when he said King Salman agreed to consider an offer to establish a Turkish military base in the kingdom alongside a Turkish base in Qatar. Turkey's chief diplomat was in Doha on Wednesday where he called for dialogue after meeting Qatar's emir and foreign minister ahead of his Saudi stop. Doha says it is being targeted due to its independent foreign policy.

"This is far more dramatic than the diplomatic row that occurred in 2014", says Mehran Kamrava, head of the Center for global and Regional Studies at Georgetown University's outpost in the Qatari capital, Doha.

The State has defended its stance on aligning with the Gulf countries that have sanctioned Qatar over allegations of supporting terrorism, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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