Saudi guards fire on Iranian boat, killing fisherman

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"Saudi Arabia and some of the region's Arab countries have become a puppet of the United States of America, and pre-planned tensions in the region will only have the USA exploit resources of Arab-Islamic countries" and intensify an arms race among Arab states, Major General Seyed Yahya Rahim Safavi said on Sunday.

Iranian authorities on Saturday were still trying to determine the facts surrounding the incident which happened on Friday.

Tel Aviv University Saudi specialist Brandon Friedman sees Saudi Arabia as having become more assertive, not out of hegemonic impulses, but of necessity.

Furthermore, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain have threatened sanctions against people who criticise moves taken by their governments against Qatar and has blocked access to Al Jazeera.

When the diplomatic rift began last week Trump wrote on Twitter that his recent trip to the Middle East was already paying off, suggesting backing for Saudi Arabia in the dispute. He added that Qatar should respond to worldwide and regional calls that request it to stop its support to extremism and terrorism. First, since Pakistan has cordial relations with both Qatar and Saudi Arabia and is also dependent on both the Gulf countries for economic reasons, it can not afford to be partisan and take sides in the prevailing conflict.

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USA investigators believe the crisis was sparked by hackers who transmitted fake, inflammatory messages appearing to come from Qatar's emir.

The Qatari Foreign Ministry has said the phone call was made as part of Doha's mediation efforts in the wake of anti-regime protests in Bahrain, emphasizing that the mediation was halted after a militarily intervention by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to suppress protests.

What's the role of Turkey and Iran in this crisis?

There are a number of converging interests between Turkey and Qatar, he says. "Qatar will say I'm sorry, rein in a couple of things, and things will go back to a controlled tension", he said.

The sale "will give Qatar a state of the art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar", the Defense Department said in a statement, according to the publication. "How far are the Iranians willing to go to exploit this problem on the other side of the Gulf?" he asks - and wonders, for that matter, how far Qatar will be willing to go to satisfy the Saudis.