Once a Sahwa leader and a trusted aide of the royal family, Salman al Odah could face the death penalty on terrorism-related charges.
Led by Saudi Arabia, several states in the Middle East and Africa have severed ties with Qatar since June 5, accusing the gas-rich Gulf state of supporting terrorism and Iran. Qatar denies the allegations.
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani says he is ready to talk but "sovereignty must be respected," and that life is normal in his country despite the "siege."
In an exclusive interview, Qatar's Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al Attiyah tells us that the dispute with Gulf states goes back to 1996. He says the Emir of Qatar's policies are not anti-GCC, and all accusations against Qatar are untrue.
Erdogan has criticised a list of demands made by the four Arab states to end the sanctions on Qatar. The Qatari foreign minister, who is visiting Ankara, said the Gulf standoff cannot be resolved in a day.
Tillerson held talks with four Arab states boycotting Qatar as part of a round of intense shuttle diplomacy aimed at resolving the regional crisis. But there was no immediate word of any breakthrough.
The visit is Tillerson's second stop on a shuttle diplomacy tour aimed at resolving the ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Gulf region.
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