Qatar says backs Kuwait mediation efforts over rift with Arab states

Cheryl Sanders
June 14, 2017

It quotes the prime minister as saying he hopes the dispute between Qatar and its Arab neighbors will be resolved soon.

"Regimes are not affected by the blockade; the blockade hurts people", Abadi told reporters in Baghdad.

"We are going to starve the beast".

Dujarric said the secretary-general was encouraging diplomacy "to address concerns and is ready to support such efforts, if desired by all parties".

Erdogan vehemently rejected the accusations - already strongly denied by Doha - that Qatar supports terrorism, arguing the country had been a staunch opponent of Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

Nawaz Sharif's office issued a statement following his return from Saudi Arabia, where the Pakistani premier, accompanied by army chief Gen.

The air embargo imposed on Qatar only applies to airlines from Qatar or registered there, the United Arab Emirates Civil Aviation Authority said Tuesday. He hoped that the Gulf crisis would soon be resolved in the best interest of the Ummah.

In a separate interview with the Wall Street Journal, Al Baker said he would not delay any plane orders or put expansion plans in other countries, such as India, on hold. Al Thani has visited multiple European countries in recent days seeking diplomatic support. Qamar Javed Bajwa and senior ministers, sought to calm tensions over the standoff.

The gas-rich peninsula, which is connected to Saudi Arabia, denies it has been aiding groups like Islamic State. Sharif is considered close to the royal families in both countries.

Saudi Arabia's Flynas has waded into the kingdom's row with Qatar, making a pitch to poach Saudi staff working for the much larger Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways announced on Sunday its net profits rose to $540 million in its latest financial disclosure before the airline took a hit and was blocked from flying to major Arab states.

Last week, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar.

The only flight avenue open at present is through Iranian airspace.

On Tuesday, Republican Senator Rand Paul introduced a resolution - alongside two Democrat senators - to block a major U.S. arms sale to Saudi Arabia.

On weekends, the land border is normally used by thousands of Saudis who cross to take advantage of Qatar's laxer rules and stay in hotels that serve alcohol.

"But there are other problems that need to solved and it seems that they are trying to destroy Qatar".

Underpinning Turkey's stance on Qatar are strong investment ties, cooperation in Syria's civil war and the sharing of similar views on political Islam, most notably on Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, which the Gulf monarchies and Egypt oppose. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is scheduled to talk Monday with his Qatari counterpart.

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"Most of its food imports pass through its sole land border with Saudi Arabia, which has been closed, not to mention the ships carrying food to Doha that stop in Abu Dhabi and Dubai first". Some of its food factories are working extra shifts to process imports from nations outside the Gulf, such as Brazil.

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