Germany's Gabriel Warns Qatar Crisis "Could Lead To War" As Qatar Emissary Flies To Moscow

Germany's foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel warned that the ongoing isolation of Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies could lead to a war in the Gulf region, according to an interview he gave to Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, although he added that he still saw a chance to defuse the tension.

"There is a danger that this dispute could lead to war," Gabriel said citing what he called a "dramatic" harshness in relations between allied and neighbouring countries in the Gulf.

The foreign minister said personal talks this week with his counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, and phone calls with the foreign ministers of Iran and Kuwait underscored his concerns.

"After my talks this week, I know how serious the situation is, but I believe there are also good chances to make progress."

Gabriel also said that he had a phone conversation with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the Gulf situation on Friday and said that Tillerson showed a "very wise and prudent attitude" that has contributed to calming the conflict.

Yet while Tillerson was "calming" the conflict, during a press conference on Friday Trump appeared to be adding fire to it, when the president accused Qatar of being a "high level" funder of terrorism even as the Pentagon and Tillerson cautioned against the military, commercial and humanitarian effects of a blockade imposed by Arab states and others.

As expected, on Saturday Saudi Arabia and Bahrain welcomed Trump's demand for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism, but did not respond to a U.S. Department of State call for them to ease pressure on the Gulf state. After severing ties with Qatar on Monday, Saudi Arabia said it was committed to "decisive and swift action to cut off all funding sources for terrorism" in a statement carried by state news agency SPA, attributed to "an official source".

In a separate statement issued on Friday, the United Arab Emirates praised Trump's "leadership in challenging Qatar's troubling support for extremism".

A separate SPA report on Saturday acknowledged Tillerson's call for Qatar to curtail support for terrorism, but did not mention his remarks that the crisis was hurting ordinary Qataris, impairing business dealings and harming the U.S. fight against the Islamic State militant group. Saudi Arabia said its action followed the conclusions of last month's Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, where Trump delivered a speech about Islamic extremism.

Trump said he helped plan the move against Qatar, although a senior administration official told Reuters earlier this week that the U.S. had no indication from the Saudis or Emiratis during the visit that they would sever ties with Qatar.

Meanwhile, adding further fire to the situation, on Saturday Turkish President Recep Erdogan vowed to continue supporting Qatar. “Now, there are ones who are bothered because of us being together with our Qatari brothers or sending and exporting food supplies, drugs etc – no matter if they are in hunger or thirst – should excuse us. We will continue to give all our support to Qatar,” Erdogan said at an iftar (fast-breaking meal) with members of his AK Party in Istanbul, quoted by RT.

Echoing Tillerson, the Turkish urged Saudi Arabia, as “the largest and most powerful state in the Gulf,” to reduce tensions and lift sanctions. “It is wrong to add more troubles on top of everything in the term that the Muslim world is already struggling with a lot of problems,” he said. “I am calling you: There won't be any winners in the brother's fight.”

“You have to work for bringing brothers together. This is what we expect from Saudi, the Custodian of the Holy Mosques [in Mecca and Medina],” Erdogan added.

Separately, Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Erdogan, who met with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Al Khalifa in Istanbul on Saturday, said a solution to the dispute needs to be found by the end of the month of Ramadan.

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Also on Saturday, Moscow - where Qatar's foreign minister met with his Russian colleague - called for dialogue between Qatar and its neighbors in the Gulf, promising help in mediating the crisis, as Russia’s foreign minister met his Qatari counterpart.

“We have observed with concern the news of this escalation,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in opening remarks of his meeting with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in Moscow.

“We cannot be happy in a situation when the relations between our partners are worsening. We are in favor of resolving any disagreements through… dialogue.”

Lavrov said that Russia is “ready to try to do everything in its power” to help resolve the crisis and said unity is needed to fight terrorism. “For us, unity is clearly necessary for maximum effect on this front (against terrorism),” he said.

Qatar has denounced the allegations against it, and Al-Thani during his meeting with Lavrov called the measures against the country “illegal.”

Finally, speaking of last week's CNN report which alleged that Russian hackers helped spark the crisis but Moscow has dismissed this as a “stale claim” with “zero evidence.”


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CRM114 Sat, 06/10/2017 - 13:29 Permalink

More war promotion by bloody socialists. Go pick up a gun and start marching if you're so bloody keen on it....  ...thought not.

Manthong Winston Churchill Sat, 06/10/2017 - 14:21 Permalink

 
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WTF… Now I need an insulation blower to put the pallet loads of popcorn down.

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Manthong Manthong Sat, 06/10/2017 - 14:40 Permalink

 
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“bloody socialists”Socialism is Fascism Lite.  Figure it out.. when the state takes one person’s resources and allocates to another and especially to hurling bombs and killing innocents, you have socialism, communism, totalitarianism...  whatever. What you do not have is liberty… freedom… self-determination and the like.   The best name for the environment now is “Ignorant Collectivism”  

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Manthong open calender Sat, 06/10/2017 - 22:17 Permalink

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 Wouldn’t it be cool if the Qatari’s put a dozen or so SA-400’s around the US HQ there?

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7thGenMO Winston Churchill Sat, 06/10/2017 - 15:28 Permalink

A Russian intelligence source gave me this plausible scenario (in somewhat coded language):At the last OPEC meeting, the Iranian rep. saw that the Qatari Prince is growing increasingly frustrated because his boss, the Emir, is tired of dealing with the House of Saud(omy) and taking depreciating, green notes for his crude and natty gas.  So, the Iranian rep. whispers in his ear about an idea that Vlad has for forming an OGEC - Org. of Gas Export Countries with Iran, Russia, and Qatar to set natty gas prices.So, the Prince travels to Moscow where Vlad explains the profit potential and how to squeeze the petrodollar system now that (through swaps) the Euro, GBP, and petrodollar are all the same globalist oligarch bank note.  After the meeting, Vlad sets him up in Moscow's finest hotel and says to call the front desk if he needs ANYTHING, and remember, "we have the most beautiful in the world."  After dinner, the Prince calls down and asks for some "special service agents."  Natasha and Tania show up with some "candy" and go to work.  It's not just, "Oh, oh, oh, ya baby ya".  These are true "professionals", so when they finish him off his toes point in the air, his eyes roll back into his head, and he blows like Mount St. Helens before almost losing consciousness.When he gets back to Qatar, the Emir sees how happy he is walking around light as a feather and asks him about the meeting.  The Prince tells the Emir about Vlad's plan for OGEC and how to squeeze more profit from the petrodollar system.  The Emir says he'll think about it, but he's afraid of going against the petrodollar because of what happened to Sadam and Qaddafi.  Then the Prince tells him about Nat 'n' Tan and how they made his "pair" the size of raisins.  Then the Emir says,"Tell Vlad we have a deal!"THE HOUSE OF SAUD(omy) GOING AFTER QATAR IS ALL ABOUT THE PETRODOLLAR! (and hookers 'n' blow) ;)  

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dark fiber Sat, 06/10/2017 - 13:36 Permalink

The Germans seem to be sweating over this one.  They must have a skeleton or two in that closet, because they seen a bit too edgy ever since Qatar was slapped down.   

I am Jobe Sat, 06/10/2017 - 13:36 Permalink

Support our Troops bumber sticker sales are down. Time for some more sales to show what America is and count the body bags. Screw the kids summer vacations send em over there to vaca

Beans Sat, 06/10/2017 - 13:48 Permalink

War? Just who and what the hell are the SA's going to attack? The USCENTCOM Al Udeid Air Base? Qatar has neither and army or an airforce worth mentioning so what would the point of a war be? Oh wait, there is some oil, gas and related refineries and such isn't there?

Ink Pusher Sat, 06/10/2017 - 13:50 Permalink

Gabriel must have been in stasis for the past 3 years and just awoke from his slumber . A perfect example of the average EU myopic idiot arriving so late to the party that everyone else has already gone home.Erdogan as per usual sticking his nose in everyone else's business.Of course there's going to be a CONTINUATION and ESCALATION  of the current multitude of proxy wars being fought between The House of Saud and Tehran. There's GOLD in them thar weapons contracts !WW v2.1 is going to be brutal. Stack Bullion, Bullets and Butt Wipe! 

Anon2017 Sat, 06/10/2017 - 13:51 Permalink

My guess is that Europe went to war in 1914 for even more superficial reasons. Both sides thought the troops would be home by Christmas, 1914, but things did not turn out that way. 

ogretown Anon2017 Sat, 06/10/2017 - 14:08 Permalink

Back then it took a lot less to fool people into accepting the call to war. Wilson won the election on an anti-war platform.  And if you remember your history, Americans gladly entered the war after it was alleged the Lusitania was sunk because of of a German torpedo.  They tried this very same tactic a few years ago when they tried to allege a passgner jet was shot out of the sky by a Russian missile.  And 'home by Christmas' is sounding an awful lot like 'a short war in the middle east' that will not escalate into a nuclear war.  Both talking points will be proven wrong.  

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sinbad2 Anon2017 Sun, 06/11/2017 - 08:16 Permalink

WWI was about oil.Britain and France had a monopoly on oil supplies, Germany tried to break that monopoly by building a railway from Berlin to Bagdhad.Of course they made up lots of stories to cover up the fact it was about oil, just like they are making up stories this time round.All wars are about money.America grew rich via war, and is now slipping into poverty because of war.

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Putrid_Scum Sat, 06/10/2017 - 13:51 Permalink

I wouldn't wish war on anybody...

But those fucking Qataris ... oh ... payback you fucking bitches

The Saudis will rape the men, not sure what happens to the women...

Putrid

smacker Sat, 06/10/2017 - 13:54 Permalink

Amazing that no one has called out Saudi Arabia as being one of the two M/E states that funds or carries out or advocates more terrorism than any other.

pizdowitz Sat, 06/10/2017 - 14:04 Permalink

Qatar is neither Sarajevo, nor Frei Stadt Danzig. More so, Qatar is a direct competition to Gazprom. More so, EU just wrapped itself into a pretzel after Don told them to pony up that 2% of GDP. Russkies do not do business with losers.

sinbad2 pizdowitz Sun, 06/11/2017 - 08:10 Permalink

Iran is a bigger competitor for Russia than Qatar, but Russia and most other countries can cooperate, and look beyond short term profits.You think like an American, only one way, your way, you demand all the money, sharing and cooperating is for whimps and next year is too far away to think about.

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montresor Sat, 06/10/2017 - 13:58 Permalink

Germany.. Makes a threat? haahahahahahaha... Ha!!!!!!!!! HA!!!!!!!  HA!!!!!!!!!! ....  Germany? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!     The world's biggest pussy steps up? HAHAHAHAHA.... C'mon Tyler, you're joking with us on this one right?   Germany only threatens the German people...  Hey everybody in Qatar, jump on a Lufthansa flight to Berlin, the door is wide open you don't even need your passport.. If you're over 50, just say you're 14 and enroll in German public schools, find a nice blond frau to fuck and spit in her parent's face...    You could not pay me to visit the haji shithole formerly known as Germany..

sinbad2 montresor Sun, 06/11/2017 - 07:53 Permalink

So it's pretty obvious that you didn't read the story, because Germany threatened no one. But it seems that the 16 other morons that upvoted you didn't read the story either.Many Americans ask, why is America falling apart, and it's because of Americans like you, the number of dumb fucks now outnumbers the number of thinking Americans, and you're dragging your country down.

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RawPawg Sat, 06/10/2017 - 14:00 Permalink

Iran will toss the first volley into this brewing Shit StormJust to show'em all Who The New Boss Is.FYI...When ya Got Russia,et al backing you up,you can do shit like this

ogretown Sat, 06/10/2017 - 14:01 Permalink

Germany in this instance is a minor league player and having their guy phone another minor league player (Tilly) is akin to a couple of drug mules vetching as the compare notes.  The lay of the land is in the hands of Iran, Turkey and of course - Russia.  But sure, if the humpers want to gossip with each other, not a biggie.  And yet, America does have a moral initiative they could embrace - halt arms delivery to the evil empire and announce they will either pull the American troops out of Qatar or at the very least confine them to barracks if an actual shooter begins.  But do not forget, the Saudi's made a big deal of sending troops into Syria and in the end that turned out to be an empty threat.  This is not friendless Yemen - this is a wee country with some big stroke. Would love to see Turkey-Iran-Russia add China to the mix and then wipe their asses with the gauntlet and toss it right in the face of the arrogant Saudi swine.