Qatar seeks Kuwaiti mediation after powerful Arab nations shun it
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 22:33
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority has also approached Qatar Airways and is remaining in touch with the airline to help Pakistani passengers stranded in Doha.
The Gulf states and Egypt said they were severing ties and closing transport links with Qatar, which relies on imports from its neighbors.
Qatari-flagged vessels are not being accepted in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Saudi Arabia after Arab nations chose to cut ties with the oil-rich country.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt announced the suspension of all flights to and from Qatar as of this morning.
In 2014, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE withdrew their diplomatic teams from Doha on similar allegations of Doha's support for militant activity.
The Gulf countries ordered their citizens out of Qatar and gave Qataris overseas 14 days to return home to their peninsular nation, whose only land border is with Saudi Arabia. More than 30 flights were shown cancelled on airport television screens and the departures hall was eerily quiet.
The series of announcements accused Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it has denied.
The U.S. military's Central Command maintains a presence at the al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar.
FIFA President Joseph Blatter (R) and Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (L), Emir of Qatar, with the World Cup trophy.
Qatar wants to give the Kuwaiti emir the ability to "proceed and communicate with the parties to the crisis and to try to contain the issue", the Qatari emir said, according to the foreign minister.
Persistent gains in US production also dragged on benchmark crude prices, traders said.
In announcing it was cutting ties, Riyadh accused Doha of harbouring "terrorist and sectarian groups that aim to destabilise the region including the Muslim Brotherhood, Daesh (IS) and Al-Qaeda".
But credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service said on Monday that if trade and capital flows were disrupted, the diplomatic dispute could eventually hurt the outlook for Qatar's debt.
Monday's decision forbids Saudi, UAE and Bahraini citizens from traveling 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.
"While calling on all the countries concerned to adopt dialogue". PIA officials in Doha were directed to contact the Pakistani Embassy.
Signs of an impending Gulf crisis emerged last month.