'There's nothing to negotiate' with Qatar, Emirati diplomat says

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"The aim as I see it is to straighten an evil that has targeted the region", Anwar Gargash, United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs, tweeted.

Late on Tuesday night, the Jordanian government announced it was reducing its level of diplomatic representation in Qatar and cancelling the local registration for Al-Jazeera TV.

Meanwhile, Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani Qatar will never surrender to the pressure being applied by its Arab neighbours and won't change its independent foreign policy to resolve disputes that have put the region on edge.

US President Donald Trump took sides in the deep rift in the Arab world yesterday, praising Middle East countries' actions against Qatar, but later spoke by phone with Saudi King Salman and stressed the need for Gulf unity. "Again, this is Qataris speaking to worldwide media wondering whether this is possible at all".

Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera said that it was under a wide-scale cyberattack, which had targeted "all systems", according to a statement released on social media by the broadcaster.

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Jubeir declined to confirm a list of 10 demands published by Al Jazeera, which included shutting down the Doha-based news channel, but added that Qatar knew what it needed to do to restore normal relations. "Doha now needs to take serious steps very rapidly to placate not only their neighbours but also their allies around the world".

The Gulf countries have ordered their citizens out of Qatar and given Qataris overseas 14 days to return home. The efforts by these countries on Qatar's behalf has raised questions about the future possibility of Doha aligning more closely with them and edging away from the GCC and US. 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".

The United Arab Emirates has warned that anyone expressing sympathy for Qatar could face up to 15 years in prison, as a regional crisis escalates. Russia denied Wednesday that it hacked the agency after a CNN report quoted anonymous USA officials saying they suspected Russian hackers.

The ministry did not say who it suspected carried out the attack, though it thanked the FBI and the British National Commission for Combating Crime for assisting it in its investigation.

On May 24, Qatar said its state news agency was hacked over two weeks ago and fake news items embedded, a claim that US Intelligence investigators confirmed earlier this week.

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