France wants row between Arab states, Qatar settled through talks

Yesterday, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates began withdrawing their diplomatic staff from Qatar and regional airlines announced they would suspend service to its capital, Doha.

A DP World spokesperson has reportedly confirmed to Zawya that the terminal operator is now working with government authorities on resolving the matter. Saudi authorities banned vessels flying the Qatari flag or owned by Qatari companies or individuals, and closed the land border through which Qatar imports food. The Saudi ports authority said Qatari-flagged shipping vessels are barred from docking.

Oil prices slipped further below $50 a barrel on Tuesday on concerns that a diplomatic rift between Qatar and several Arab states including Saudi Arabia could undermine efforts by OPEC to tighten the market.

Any suggestion Qatar is backing the agenda of Shiite-dominated Iran - Sunni Saudi Arabia's regional arch-rival - is especially sensitive.

After backlash from other Gulf states, Qatar quickly denied that the Emir had made the statements, claiming the state media website and Twitter accounts had been hacked.

Turkey's prime minister says his country will press ahead with efforts to try and end a standoff between Qatar and its Arab neighbors through dialogue.

Thousands of Filipinos in Qatar have resorted to panic buying in different grocery stores upon learning that neighbouring Arab countries suspended their air transportation services to Qatar on suspicion that it is supporting ISIS militants.

Prince Khaled al-Faisal, an adviser to Saudi King Salman and the governor of Mecca, delivered a verbal message to Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah dealing with "bilateral relations and the latest regional and worldwide developments", local news reported, but the content of the message was not informed to the media.

2013 - Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Qatar's emir as Sheikh Hamad steps down. State-linked media in the region ignored Qatar's denial and continued to report the comments.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office has said he held a series of telephone calls on Monday in a bid to ease tensions.

The nations said they planned to cut air and sea traffic to Qatar.

Gargash accused Doha of turning to "money and media and partisanship and extremism" in a series of tweets early Tuesday.

In the same week as Mr Trump's speech, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE blocked Qatari news sites, including Al Jazeera. It broadcasts in North America, Europe and Asia, as well as the Middle East and North Africa.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani signalled that Qatar was open to talks, calling for "a dialogue of openness and honesty" to resolve the crisis.

In Egypt, which also cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar, some banks resumed dealing in Qatari riyals after halting trade on Monday, but others appeared to be continuing to limit transactions with Doha.

" Qatar's foreign minister minister called for dialog Monday and insisted ties to the U.S. would remain strong despite the diplomatic storm".

Kuwait Oil Minister Essam al-Marzouq said Qatar was committed to an OPEC agreement to restrict supply, telling Kuwaiti state news agency KUNA Doha was complying with its obligations. It's the worst diplomatic crisis to strike the region since the 1991 Gulf War.

  • Leroy Wright