Washington: The United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the United States said on Tuesday that there was no military aspect to steps taken by Arab powers against Qatar, which they accuse of supporting terrorism, but that further economic pressure could be applied.“There is absolutely no military component to anything that we are doing,” UAE Ambassador Yousuf Al Otaiba told reporters in Washington.He said he has been in contact several times with US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to assure him the US military base in Qatar, Al Udeid, would not be affected by the crisis.Al Otaiba said the measures against Qatar were not an attempt to have the base moved “but if anyone asks we’d be willing to have that conversation”.He pointed out a … Next »
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