Arab diplomatic crisis deepens with new terror-related sanctions

American President Donald Trump on Friday called on Qatar to stop funding terrorism as his state department urged Arab states to ease their blockade on the country and calm tensions.

Trump accused Qatar of being a high level funder of terrorism.

The list, however, contains at least two names already designated internationally as terrorist financiers, and against whom Qatar took action, according to a previous US Department of State report.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Qatar must do more, "more quickly" to combat extremism.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and other countries severed diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this week and cut off air, sea and land travel to the peninsular nation.

Gulf allies tightened their squeeze on Qatar on Friday by putting dozens of figures with links to the tiny, wealthy nation on terrorism blacklists.

It is also impairing US business activities in the region and bringing about humanitarian consequences, he said.

He said blockade had caused "unintended" consequences, and was "hindering United States military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS", referring to ISIL.

Qatar's foreign minister rejected attempts to interfere in the country's foreign policy and said a "military solution" to the country's crisis with its Gulf neighbours was not an option.

Gulf states view the Brotherhood, the world's oldest Islamist movement and long Egypt's main opposition group, as a risky political enemy.

During his trip to Saudi Arabia last month, Trump said, several Arab nations spoke to him about confronting Qatar over its behavior.

"Such a Trumpification of relations with one another is particularly unsafe in a region that is already rife with crises", he told the newspaper, in an apparent reference to what critics say is the increasingly divisive rhetoric seen since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump previous year.

Analysts say the crisis is in part an extension of a pre-existing dispute which saw Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain temporarily recall their ambassadors from Doha in 2014 over alleged Qatari support for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

The list also includes Shi'ite militant groups in Bahrain seen by some Gulf Arab governments as linked to Iran including Saraya Ashtar, Saraya Mukhtar, and February 14 movement.

"Our expectation is that these countries will immediately take steps to de-escalate the situation and put forth a good faith effort to resolve their grievances they have with each other", Tillerson said, reading from a statement.

"The previous emir is a big supporter of this whole extremist agenda, so we do have an issue", the official said.

Trump, speaking in the White House Rose Garden yesterday, said his concerns about Qatar's support to terror groups was raised during his meeting weeks ago with Arab and Muslim leaders.

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