Qatar ‘Disappointed’ With Saudi Bloc’s New Blacklist On Terror

New Delhi: Qatar has asserted that a new blacklist released by Saudi Arabia and its allies was a "disappointing surprise" in a diplomatic crisis that has split the Gulf. The four Arab governments have named 18 organisations and individuals that they accused of links with Islamist extremism and Qatar.

The move by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain came despite mounting international pressure to compromise in their weeks-old boycott of their fellow US ally.


Egypt To EU: No Compromise On Qatar

New Delhi: Egypt has warned the EU that four Arab states are not ready for any compromise in their dispute with Qatar over allegations that the gas-rich emirate supports terrorism. 

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, speaking after talks with European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels, said Qatar must accept in full the demands by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. 


US Blocks $350 Million Aid To Pakistan, Blames It Of Inadequate Action Against Haqqani Network

New Delhi: The US has blocked disbursement of $350 million coalition support fund to Pakistan as defence secretary James Mattis refused to certify that Islamabad has taken "sufficient actions" against the dreaded Haqqani network.

As a result of the notification by the defence secretary to Congress, the Department of Defence has reprogrammed remaining Coalition Support Funds, which is $350 million, to other accounts, defence department spokesman Adam Stump said.