Saudi carrier looks to poach Qatar Airways staff

While talking to the channel, the reporter stated that Nawaz Sharif will also visit Qatar to meet its top leadership after Saudi Arabia visit. Most likely, Qatar will make some concessions to return to the fold. It is the worst crisis for the GCC since its creation in 1981.

Starting on June 5, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania and the Maldives cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over accusation that the Gulf country supports "terrorism and extremism", which was denied by Qatar. It was also meant to have a security component, with a defense council to coordinate military matters. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is scheduled to talk Monday with his Qatari counterpart.

Turkey's president has criticised moves by Qatar's Gulf neighbours to isolate the emirate as "inhumane".

Iran, which lies across the Gulf from Qatar, has joined Erdogan in committing to support its isolated ally.

Qatar's new and state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha serves as a major transit hub for some 37 million passengers a year, largely between Europe and Asia.

The Arab states have also accused Doha of undermining other Arab countries and the Palestinian Authority with its backing of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

He added that he was "extremely disappointed" in US President Donald Trump.

Iran has sent five planes of food to Qatar, Iran's national carrier told on Sunday, days after Gulf countries cut off air and other transport links to the emirate.

The Saudi king expressed his gratitude to the prime minister for paying visiting to the kingdom and reiterated his support in the fight against terrorism, saying, "War on terror was in the best interest of the Ummah". Qatar said the official news agency which reported the comments was hacked - and on June 6, USA officials told CNN that U.S. investigators believe Russian hackers were behind it.

Jubeir says Qatar can move goods in and out "whenever they want".

Among the punitive measures Saudi Arabia and its allies imposed was a ban on Qatar Airways flights and a prohibition of the airline's use of surrounding airspace.

  • Leroy Wright