Turkey says Qatar deployment aims to ensure security

The diplomatic crisis, the worst since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq and the subsequent Gulf War, has seen Arab nations and others cut ties to Qatar, which hosts a major US military base and will be the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Kuwait, which has not joined its neighbours against Qatar, has been leading mediation efforts and on Sunday Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled Al-Sabah said that would continue.

Kuwait's ruling emir has traveled to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Em.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain had earlier branded as terrorists the same individuals, including Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi, and entities including Qatari-funded charities Qatar Charity and Eid Charity.

Saudi Arabia has closed its land border crossings to Qatar, which imports almost all of its food.

Saudi Arabia and its allies have tried to isolate Qatar over its alleged support of militant groups and ties to Iran. Qatar says the allegations are based on lies.

"So far five planes carrying. vegetables have been sent to Qatar, each carrying around 90 tons of cargo, while another plane will be sent today", AFP quoted Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi as saying.

Riyadh is also skeptical of Doha's friendly ties with Iran, whom it considers a regional rival.

The head of the industries, business and trade organization in the Fars province was also quoted by the Tasnim news agency as saying on Sunday the first planes carrying food to Qatar had flown from the southern city of Shiraz.

On June 5, the countries cut diplomatic ties to Qatar and ordered all Qataris out within 14 days.

Qatar meanwhile pledged those nations' citizens will have "complete freedom" to stay in the energy-rich country.

Saudi Arabia shut its borders to Qatar and closed transport links between the countries, including flights, and suspended diplomatic relations.

  • Arturo Norris