People sit on the corniche in Doha, Qatar, June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon
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Qatar said Wednesday a decision by the Saudi-led alliance to add 18 groups and individuals allegedly linked to Doha to their "terrorist" lists was "a disappointing surprise" and that it was doing all it could to fight extremism.Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain put another nine groups based in Yemen and Libya and nine people from several Arab countries on the blacklist, saying all were associated with Qatar.The four countries severed relations with Qatar on June 5, accusing the major gas-exporting Gulf state of financing terrorism, meddling in the affairs of Arab countries and cozying up to their archrival Iran.Qatar and Turkey have been important backers of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has challenged entrenched Arab rulers.
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