AFC monitoring Qatar crisis, hoping to minimise impact on matches

In response to these restrictions, the airline has arranged for three charter flights departing Jeddah Tuesday at 16:00, 22:00, and 23:00 local time, to Muscat in order to assist all Qatar Airways passengers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the statement said.

The sources said that lenders were holding off doing business until they receive more guidance on the dispute from their respective central banks on how to deal with the rift.

Monday's decision forbids Saudi, UAE and Bahraini citizens from travelling to Qatar, residing in it or passing through it, instructing their citizens to leave Qatar within 14 days and Qatari nationals were given 14 days to leave those countries. Passengers also reportedly stated that the Pakistani embassy in Doha is yet to contact them to provide any sort of relief.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Bahrain and Egypt recalled Monday their ambassadors from Qatar and closed all land, sea and air borders to the U.S.'s main military base in the Middle East.

He said "we are going through extremely hard circumstances and challenges and there are wars in the Arab world and people killed whether due to terrorism and extremism or terror crimes committed by regimes against their peoples, and there is a crisis in Yemen, Syria and Libya, and these challenges must unite us".

However, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain considered this refutation to be unconvincing and continued to insist that the words about the normalization of relations with Iran were those of the emir. It was there he said that the two nations have "been friends now for a long time" and said they would engage in "very serious discussions".

In Sydney, Tillerson said he didn't believe the diplomatic crisis would affect the war against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Saudi Arabia had already suspended flights to and from Qatar on Monday, amid a diplomatic row between the kingdom and Qatar. It is also set to host the 2022 football World Cup.

On May 23, Qatar's news agency was reportedly hacked.

Its massive natural gas reserves and tiny population have made it one of the richest per capita countries in the world, and its popular Al-Jazeera news network has contributed to its outsized influence in the region. Riyadh responds with the accusations of Qatar's support of terrorism.

The Egyptian regime, headed by ex-defence minister Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, is fighting Islamist insurgents across the country and has long accused Qatar of supporting the militant offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood in the region.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt are critical of Qatar's continued support for the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), a movement that they consider aims at spreading terror. Many more would lose their jobs if the crisis drags on, he added.

Still, a 40-year-old Egyptian manager of an audit firm told The Associated Press by phone from Doha that "the situation of Egyptians in Qatar has never been affected by political relations before". "I really do hope they find a solution".

  • Leroy Wright