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Tamim will not go to US for talks

Doha - Kuwait's Amir travelled to Qatar to help mediate an end to the crisis

By Reuters, AFP, AP

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Published: Fri 9 Jun 2017, 10:04 PM

Qatar's leader will not accept an invitation from US President Donald Trump to attend mediation talks in Washington on a row in the region while the country remains cut off from its neighbours, a Qatari official said on Thursday.

"The Amir has no plans to leave Qatar while the country is under a blockade," the official said.

The UAE's national postal service, Emirates Post Group, suspended all postal services to Qatar, the latest in a series of measures degrading commercial and communications links with Doha.

The Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Authority also reimposed a ban on oil tankers linked to Qatar calling at ports in the UAE, reversing an earlier decision to ease restrictions, and potentially creating a logjam of crude cargoes.

Kuwait's Amir travelled to Qatar to help mediate an end to the crisis. Meanwhile, Senegal and Chad also joined the list of the countries that recalled their ambassadors from Qatar.

Senegal said on Wednesday it would recall its ambassador in Qatar and expressed its "active solidarity" with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries which have cut ties to Qatar. "Senegal has decided to recall for consultations its ambassador in Qatar," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Mauritania severed ties with Qatar on Tuesday while Gabon also condemned it.

"The Chadian government calls on all concerned states to privilege dialogue to solve this crisis and asks Qatar to respect its commitments by ceasing any attitude likely to harm cohesion of states in the region and peace in the world," the foreign ministry statement said. - Reuters, AFP, AP

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