Qatar Airways to ask United States for airport audit to combat laptop ban

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

What they are looking for, waiting for, Al Thani said, are specific demands from the blockade states, led by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, not sweeping statements.

"Until now we didn't see any progress about lifting the blockade, which is the condition for anything to move forward", Sheikh Mohammed said.

Turkey will continue to help Qatar and plans to send the Gulf country another aid ship carrying 11 tons of humanitarian aid, according to the economy minister on Monday.

Tellingly, activists on social media are circulating a legal opinion (fatwa) by late Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Baz, in which the former Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia backed the Muslim Brotherhood.

An Arabic hashtag on Twitter has also appeared calling for Saudis to cut ties with Turkey.

"Qatar under blockade - there is no negotiation".

"We do not want to escalate, we want to isolate", state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash told journalists during a visit to Paris.

"Our focus has shifted entirely toward markets other than Middle East and North Africa", Yousuf Al Jaida, chief executive officer of the Qatar Financial Center, told reporters in Doha on Monday.

He also doubts that the current crisis will have any impact on migrant laborers in Qatar. They have accused Qatar of backing terror groups, charges denied by Qatar, which says the allegations are politically motivated.

"Our decision to boycott a country that is conclusively proved to have supported terrorism aims to protect our freedom and principle", said Habib Al Sayegh, Chairman of the board of the EWU.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE said that their sanctions on Qatar could last for years, unless Doha accepted the demands that they will reveal in the coming days.

Turkey has said it would deploy 3,000 ground troops at the base, primarily to serve as a venue for joint exercises.

In the face of its detractors, Qatar has remained defiant, vowing to turn to other states for aid until the rift, the most serious in the Gulf for years, is resolved. United States warplanes from Udaid fly missions against ISIS insurgents, into Afghanistan, and to Libya.

Al Baker said Qatar Airways still wanted to buy a stake in Italian carrier Meridiana, though there were "a few things to iron out".

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