Gulf states vow to continue squeezing Qatar over alleged terror funding

The Latest UAE threatens prison fines for Qatar support

"Any expression of sympathy with the government of Qatar or opposition to the measures taken by the government of Bahrain, whether through social media, Twitter or any other form of communication, is a criminal offence punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine", Bahrain's interior ministry said.

Kuwait's Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah was met planeside by Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, when he arrived on Wednesday night.

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdel-Rahman al-Thani spoke as would-be mediators ranging from U.S. President Donald Trump to Kuwait's ruling emir struggled to ease a crisis that Qataris say has led to a blockade of their nation.

The country's foreign minister also repeated Riyadh's demands that Qatar change the nature of its relationship with Iran and end support for what he called "terrorist organisations".

Qatar denied allegations over its support to terrorism and extremism adding that the diplomatic rift was based on "baseless fabricated claims". The official said there were enough grain supplies in the market in Qatar to last four weeks and that the government also had large strategic food reserves in Doha.

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Talking to Al Sharq Al Awsat daily on Thursday, he said: "I hold Qatar accountable for unsuccessful efforts, and I also hold them responsible as they did not give Sheikh Sabah an opportunity to bring all the parties concerned on negotiating table".

Al Khalifa recounted the mistakes Qatar had made against Bahrain and said: "Since 20 or 21 years ago there has been a big prejudice against Bahrain". They were later joined by Libya, Yemen, the Maldives, Mauritius and Mauritania, with Jordan and Djibouti announcing they would lower the level of diplomatic contacts with Qatar. The ministry quoted UAE Attorney General Hamad Saif al-Shamsi on social media making the warning, saying it came over Qatar's "hostile and reckless policy".

Russia has dismissed allegations that Russian hackers helped spark the diplomatic crisis around Qatar, after CNN reported that United States officials believed they planted a false news story.

While liberal compared to much of the Middle East, the UAE has tough cybercrime and slander laws under which people can be arrested, imprisoned and deported for taking photographs without the consent of those shown. Its foreign minister has struck a defiant tone in interviews, even after anxious residents emptied grocery stores in its capital, Doha, while Saudi Arabia blocked trucks carrying food from entering the country.

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