Qatar backs Kuwait mediation efforts over rift with Arab states

Last week, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar and blocked direct flights with the country. It is the worst crisis for the GCC since its creation in 1981.

An embargo has also cut off food, transport and other links between the four countries and Qatar, which typically imports around 80 percent of its food from its neighbors. It was also meant to have a security component, with a defense council to coordinate military matters.

He denied that Qatar supported groups like the Muslim Brotherhood that its neighbours oppose, or had warm ties with their enemy Iran.

Erdogan noted that if the United States considers Turkey its ally in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, then why do they fight against ISIS terrorists with the help of YPG and PYD.

So while Qatar can still buy perishables from the United States, for example, it is experiencing difficulty physically getting the goods to the country.

Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) on Monday called upon the government to play mediatory role in ending the current standoff between Qatar and Gulf states.

Kuwait and Oman are both offering to help mediate the dispute, and Britain is said to be planning to host talks aimed at a resolution.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdulrahman al-Thani has denounced the sanctions imposed against Doha by Saudi Arabia and its allies as "unfair" and "illegal".

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are among several countries which last week announced the suspension of all ties to Qatar over what they say is the state's support for extremist groups and its political proximity to Iran. Turkey is also tipped to play a major role in supplying Qatar with food.

Erdogan also defended Qatar by saying that Doha has taken decisive stand against the Islamic State. Doha is seeking to reassure customers as it is gripped by the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the region in years.

"So far five planes carrying. vegetables have been sent to Qatar, each carrying around 90 tonnes of cargo, while another plane will be sent on Sunday", Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi said.

  • Leroy Wright