Qatar Airways profits $540 million, braces for Gulf crisis

The countries also issued a list of 59 individuals and 12 charity groups in Qatar they accused of being linked to terrorism. Turkey also has chose to send troops to a base it maintains in Qatar in a sign of support.

Bahrain's foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, is expected in Turkey on Saturday.

"The blockade is hindering US military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS".

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and others accuse Qatar of supporting extremist groups, an assertion since backed by US President Donald Trump.

Cavusoglu also said Turkey's military base in Qatar, where there are now around 90 Turkish soldiers based, was aimed at contributing to the security of the entire Gulf region and was not aimed at a specific Gulf state.Sheikh Khaled welcomed Erdogan's comments during their meeting about the military base being for the whole region rather than one specific Gulf state. Qatar says the allegations are based on lies.

The Arab countries closed air, sea and land links with Qatar, barred the emirate's planes from their airspace and ordered Qatari citizens out within 14 days.

The feud has raised fears of wider instability in an already volatile region that is a crucial global energy supplier and home to several Western military bases.

But it was importing 80 percent of its food from bigger Gulf Arab neighbors before they cut ties and is now in talks with Iran and Turkey to secure food and water supplies.

The US President's remarks came amid a diplomatic row in the Middle East.

"We are closely monitoring and assessing all developments, and are prepared to take the necessary decisions and measures, should the need arise, to ensure that we always honor our commitments and obligations to all our customers and partners locally, regionally, and internationally", the statement said. The small peninsula nation is also a regional financial and aviation hub, and set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Qatar is the world's largest exporter of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), and produces up to 77 million tonnes of gas each year.

Analysts say the crisis is partly an extension of a 2014 dispute, when Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain temporarily recalled their ambassadors over Qatari support for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

  • Leroy Wright