Russian hackers 'planted false story' behind Mideast crisis

Qatar vehemently denies giving such support. Trump's statements on Twitter indicated that he supports the decision and views it as evidence of his trip's success.

Trump later spoke by phone with Saudi King Salman and stressed the need for Gulf unity, a senior White House official said.

The report came at a time of escalating tension over accusations Qatar was financing terrorism. "It's important that the Gulf be united for peace and security in the region", the senior official told Reuters.

Boeing spokeswoman Caroline Hutcheson said in a statement: "We have been working closely with the USA and Qatari governments on this proposed sale".

During the night of May 23, the Qatar News Agency (QNA) released some "anti-U.S. and pro-Iranian" statements referring to the Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim al-Thani. "Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!" he tweeted.

USA officials told CNN that "intelligence gathered by the United States security agencies indicates that Russian hackers were behind the intrusion first reported by the Qatari government two weeks ago". But what really incenses its Sunni neighbors is its support for popular Islamist political movements such as Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, which pursued and won power by democratic means before being ousted in a bloody military coup.

Qatar's ambassador to the USA said Tuesday that he and other leaders were "surprised" by President Trump's tweets taking credit for four Arab nations cutting ties with his country.

"Of course we accept that countries have the right to close their borders", said IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac. "But connectivity with Qatar must be restored as quickly as possible". Ordinary Qataris, however, were to be found crowding into supermarkets to stock up on goods against the crisis.

Soccer's world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association also has said it remains in regular contact with Qatar, which will host the 2022 World Cup.

Jordan joined the pressure on Qatar, downgrading its diplomatic representation and revoking the license of Doha-based TV channel Al Jazeera.

“During my recent trip to the Middle East, I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology, ” Trump said in a series of morning tweets.

An A-10 Thunderbolt II receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker based in Qatar in a July 10, 2014 file photo.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told Al Jazeera that his country would not retaliate but was unhappy with regional rivals "trying to impose their will on Qatar or intervene in its internal affairs".

It's also unclear how Trump's broadside would affect the USA military presence in Qatar.

USA officials told CNN the goal appears to be aimed at the U.S. and its allies.

The GCC is the Gulf Cooperation Council, whose six members, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, signed a communique with Trump pledging to continue their joint fight against terrorism.

The rift comes less than a month after Trump visited Saudi Arabia and called for Muslim nations to unite against extremism.

The fallout includes the UAE banning the port and docking area of Fujairah from being used by Qatari oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers for refuelling.

Traders on global markets anxious that Riyadh's allies would refuse to accept LNG shipments from the Gulf state, and that Egypt might even bar tankers carrying Qatari cargoes from using the Suez Canal as they head to Europe and beyond. “We are friends, weve been friends now for a long time. our relationship is extremely good, ” Trump said at the beginning of the closed-door meeting. It said the same applies to its flights to and Egypt, which also severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Kuwait tried to mediate a resumption of diplomatic and commercial ties between Qatar and several of its Arab neighbors Tuesday, while President Trump appeared to back those isolating the energy-rich nation over allegations it supports terror groups and Iran.

Al-Jazeera, one of the largest news organisations in the world, has always been a source of conflict between Qatar and its neighbours, who accuse the broadcaster of bias and fomenting trouble in the region.

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