Kuwait trying to mediate and solve diplomatic rift, says Qatar minister

Ever since six countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar after accusing the state of supporting terrorism and destabilising the region, residents of Qatar have been stocking up on food, anxious that a diplomatic spat with its neighbours could turn into an economic blockade and lead to shortages.

In an upshot of a diplomatic row, six airlines have suspended their flights to Qatar with which three Gulf Arab states and Egypt have broken their relations.

Qatar was also expelled from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

"Many of Qatar Airways' flights to southern Europe and Africa pass through Saudi Arabia", the site said. Saudi Arabia and other Arab powers severed diplomatic ties Monday with Qatar and moved to isolate the energy-rich na.

The US Navy's 5th Fleet, based in Bahrain, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether the decision would affect its operations.

But the economic fallout loomed, as Abu Dhabi's state-owned Etihad Airways, Dubai's Emirates Airline and budget carriers Flydubai and Air Arabia said they would suspend all flights to and from Doha from Tuesday morning until further notice. FILE - In this May 21, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, holds a bilateral meeting with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world. Even before Monday, Qatar had appeared unperturbed by the growing tensions. Egypt's Foreign Ministry accused Qatar of taking an "antagonist approach" toward Egypt and said "all attempts to stop it from supporting terrorist groups failed".

Saudi Arabia said it was cutting ties due to Qatar's "embrace of various terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at destabilizing the region", including the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and militants supported by Iran in the kingdom's restive Eastern Province.

Qatar's stock market index sank 7.5 percent with some of the market's top blue chips hardest hit. The Qatari government has not responded to the severing of diplomatic ties, though it has previously denied funding extremist groups.

Their first conspiracy was the hacking of Qatar News Agency's website and publishing a statement attributed to the Emir on some issues to achieve their pre-planned goals by creating a justification.

  • Julie Sanders