Qatar Airways calls on United Nations body to declare Qatar measures illegal

In the Gulf's biggest diplomatic crisis in years, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and others cut diplomatic ties with Qatar last week after accusing it of supporting extremist groups.

"This decision was made in conformity with Islamic precepts that call for solidarity and mutual aid between Muslim people, notably during this holy month of Ramadan", the Moroccan foreign ministry statement said.

The boss of Qatar Airways has accused the USA of fanning the flames of a dispute between the country and its Gulf neighbors.

The three countries along with Bahrain cut ties to Qatar last week and have moved to block air, land and sea routes to the energy-rich Gulf nation.

It began exporting natural gas in 1997, just after Qatari Crown Prince Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani seized power from his father, Sheikh Khalifa, in a palace coup.

So far, the measures do not seem to have caused a serious shortages of supplies in shops. Schools built with funds from Saudi Arabia are spreading across the Horn of Africa. He now serve as Information Technology Officer with Africa's Largest TV Network.

Analysts estimate that a political standoff between Qatar and other Arab states will cost the airline heavily. Taliban leaders are still said to be in Doha, however. They've also hired former Attorney General John Ashcroft's firm as its lobbyist, agreeing to pay US$2.5 million (S$3.45 million) to get help complying with USA money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regulations and to stress its efforts to combat global terrorism, according to disclosures filed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Though both it and Saudi Arabia practice an ultra-conservative form of Sunni Islam called Wahhabism, Qatar allows women to drive and foreigners to drink alcohol.

"Pakistan would try to solve the crisis diplomatically", said PM Nawaz adding that Pakistan valued its ties with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iran.

The US has a military base in Qatar, which it says is crucial to its operations in the Middle East. "Now that we are not operating to those 18 [destinations], doesn't mean I'm going to shrink", he said.

Qatar has defiantly vowed the country is "not ready to surrender" even if it would mean an end to the diplomatic row.

Qatar Airways announced on Sunday its net profits rose to $540 million in its latest financial disclosure before the airline took a hit and was blocked from flying to major Arab states.

  • Zachary Reyes