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Al-Jazeera Twitter account 'suspended'

17 June 2017

Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman on Tuesday said that Kuwait was making effort to defuse the diplomatic crisis.

All diplomatic ties with Doha were cut on June 5 by several countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, which accuse Qatar of supporting and funding Islamic terrorist groups.

"Decisions to cut ties with Qatar are a sovereign right of the States concerned and aim to protect their national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism", said a joint declaration by the United Nations envoys of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.

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Jubeir said the list being compiled by the four Arab countries were not "demands" but "a list of grievances that need to be addressed and that the Qataris need to fix".

Jubeir did not detail what demands could be made.

Pan-Arab satellite network Al Jazeera said on Saturday the Twitter account for its main Arabic language channel was back up and running after briefly being suspended.

Yasser Abuhilalah, managing director of Al-Jazeera Arabic, confirmed the suspension on social media.

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The @ajarabic account later resumed, with a message saying: "We bring the attention of our followers to the fact that our main al jazeera account @ajarabic is now working again".

The account was again active with nearly all its followers and tweets active. Disruption (by others) will not stop because the truth terrifies them. "We'll be back." In another tweet, he said that no other "channel in the world. faces the same amount of conspiracy".

The account was restored by early afternoon Qatar time.

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