Gas giant Qatar Petroleum says unaffected by Gulf crisis
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 2:03
The Arab states blocked direct flights with Qatar and all except Bahrain barred Qatari flights from using their airspace. As well as cutting air, sea and land links with Qatar, the countries ordered its citizens to leave within 14 days.
Qatar, a small desert country, relies heavily on imports to feed its population of 2.7 million.
Mohammed Al-Sada said in a statement: "Circumstances in the region shall not prevent the state of Qatar from honoring its global commitment of cutting its oil production".
In a sign Gulf states were seeking to lessen the human impact of their June 5 severing of ties, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE said on Sunday they had set up hotlines to help families with Qatari members, without elaborating.
Yesterday, the Russian foreign ministry said Russia and the U.S. are ready to help resolve the diplomatic rift over Qatar's alleged support for militants and ties to Iran.
The African Union chairman, Guinean President Alpha Conde whose country has close ties with Saudi Arabia, has also offered himself as a mediator. They accuse Qatar of supporting terrorist groups, charges denied by Doha.
Qatar Airways has been hit hard by the dispute, with 18 destinations now out of bounds for the airline.
Iran's Foreign Ministry has urged the Arab nations who have cut ties to Qatar to negotiate an end to the crisis.
French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to boost France's diplomatic profile in the Middle East and reconcile tensions between Qatar and its neighbors over allegations Qatar funds Islamic extremists.
He said Pakistan has good relations with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and other gulf countries and it should play positive role to end the current standoff between Qatar and other gulf countries through dialogue.
Energy giant Qatar Petroleum said in a statement on Saturday that it was "business as usual" despite a spiralling diplomatic crisis involving Doha and its Gulf neighbours.
Qatar's port authority announced the launch of two new services from Hamad Port to Oman's Sohar and Salalah ports, circumventing the need for cargo to stop in the neighbouring United Arab Emirates.
Last week, Saudi Arabia, along with Egypt, Bahrain and UAE, cut off all ties with Qatar on its alleged support of extremism and terrorism, as well as ties with Iran.
Meanwhile, Kuwait's foreign minister yesterday said Qatar was ready to listen to the concerns of other countries in the Gulf, state news agency Kuna reported.