Iran makes five shipments of vegetables by air to Qatar

On Monday, June 4, six countries, led by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, announced they were cutting all diplomatic ties with Qatar, citing its alleged funding of terrorist organizations.

Amid regional tensions between Gulf states, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci will visit Qatar, a media report said on Wednesday.

Qatar's Defense Ministry said the deal would create 60,000 jobs in 42 U.S. states while reducing the burden on USA forces.

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said the closure of its airspace to flights from Qatar was within the kingdom's sovereign right to protect its citizens from any threat.

After the Gulf countries moved against Qatar, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson initially declined to take sides in the crisis, but his cautious stance was overshadowed nearly immediately by Trump, who sent a series of tweets that appeared to take credit for and praise the decision.

The crisis between Qatar and Saudi Arabia erupted late last month over fears that country was trying to improve its ties with Iran, which Saudi Arabia and its allies wanted to be isolated.

Turkey said on Wednesday Qatar's rift with fellow Gulf Arab states and Egypt was damaging the Islamic world and it would do all it could by diplomatic channels to prevent any escalation. The move came after President Donald Trump denounced Doha for supporting terrorism.

"I am also extremely troubled to hear that the UAE and Bahrain are threatening to jail and fine people who express sympathy for Qatar or opposition to their own governments' actions", he said.

The US state department said: "We wish her the best as she moves on form the Department of State".

'It is obvious that because of the breadth of these actions, they have the potential to seriously affect the lives of thousands of men, women and children, just because they belong to a nationality involved in the dispute, ' he said.

Iran's intelligence minister on Wednesday blamed Saudi Arabia of sponsoring terrorism in the region, official IRNA news agency reported.

  • Leroy Wright