Qatar Businessman to Beat Gulf Blockade by Airlifting 4000 Cows

Turkey has maintained good relations with Qatar as well as several of its Gulf Arab neighbours.

While expressing solidarity with Saudi Arabia, Nawaz Sharif said the Kingdom has a very special place in the hearts of Pakistanis.

In televised interviews on Monday, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker called the move an "illegal blockade" and urged the United Nations' civil aviation branch to intervene.

Qatar and Turkey also seek to engage Saudi Arabia's rival Iran despite differences with Tehran's policies in the broader region.

Qatar's rapid moves to circumvent the worst effects of the week-old blockade come in the midst of escalating diplomatic efforts by the emirate to rally worldwide support for its case.

Erdogan called on Saudi King Salman to show leadership by solving the crisis. He said that Qatar is a country "on which a death sentence in some way has been pronounced".

A Gulf minister attempted to bribe the Somali president with $80 million to join the boycott of Qatar, amid an ongoing diplomatic dispute that has led to an all-out blockade, sources told The New Arab.

Oman Air (WY, Muscat) has dramatically increased capacity on its Muscat-Doha Hamad Int'l route after a diplomatic row between Qatar and four Arab states - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Bahrain - exploded last week.

The country has strenuously denied all charges, rejecting them as "unjustified" and "baseless".

Qatar is on the nose with all of its neighbours - over alleged links to terrorism - and a group of them have effectively refused Qatar Airways from using any of its neighbours' airspace that could ground the carrier. And the Gulf countries were the centre of stability for that region.

The government's announcement that supporting Qatar on social media will be treated as a cybercrime, with a possible 15-year penalty, also dominated headlines.

Saudi Arabia has closed the Qatari peninsula's only land border, threatening imports of both fresh food and raw materials needed to complete a US$200 billion (RM853.01 billion) infrastructure project for the 2022 football World Cup.

The tensions between Saudi Arabia and Qatar continue to escalate following the former and its allies severing ties with the Gulf state.

Russia's state-run Tass news agency says the two discussed "the growing tensions around Qatar".

  • Leroy Wright