Iran sends food to Qatar amid Gulf dispute

Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani made the remarks in an interview with RT Arabic on Saturday during a visit to Moscow, where he sat down with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network claims that the Gulf Cooperation Council will file lawsuits against Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt for collective punishment and global crimes.

The decision could help many mixed families who were worrying about their future and the best interests of their members.

The announcement is significant as Qatari nationals living in the three Gulf countries face extradition following a diplomatic row, reports Efe news.

"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.

Reportedly, Iran has dispatched five aircrafts-full of vegetables to crisis-hit Qatar after Saudi Arabia-led Gulf alliance branded the state a terror-sponsor. Amnesty International on June 9 criticised the measures against Qatar as sweeping and arbitrary and said they had split up families and destroyed peoples' livelihoods and education.

Earlier this week, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir called for Qatar to end its alleged support for Hamas and Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood for ties with Persian Gulf Arab countries to be restored.

"The food shipments were transported from airports in Tehran and Shiraz", he added, stressing that Iran Air is ready to send more shipments "in line with demand and request of the Qatari people and government".

Qatar has a history of disputes with other Persian Gulf Arab countries.

Qatar's rivals have also accused Doha of being too close to the Sunni Arab Gulf states' arch-rival - Shiite-dominated Iran - in claims that Doha has also denied.

Qatar's energy minister said on Sunday Doha remained committed to an oil output cut deal agreed by OPEC and non-OPEC producers last month.

The Islamic Republic, alongside Qatar's other powerful ally Turkey, has backed Doha, expressing readiness to supply food to the country that so far has depended on commodities trucked in through its only land order with Saudi Arabia.

  • Leroy Wright