Iran urges Persian Gulf Arab states to show restraint

Erdogan strongly rejected accusations by the Gulf countries that Qatar supports terrorism.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain led a string of countries that last week cut ties with Qatar over what they say is the emirate´s financing of extremist groups and its ties to Iran, Saudi Arabia´s regional arch-rival. "We will continue deliveries as long as there is demand" from Qatar, Noushabadi added, without mentioning if these deliveries were exports or aid.

As the Qatari crisis unfolded, Erdogan nearly immediately announced "full support" for Doha, stating that "we don't find sanctions against Qatar right".

Turkey has declared its full support to Qatar by offering food supplies and deploying its military troops in Qatar. The president also denounced the isolation of Qatar as "inhumane and against Islamic values" and said the methods used against the Gulf state were unacceptable and analogous to a "death penalty".

The president said he would conduct a trilateral teleconference call with French President Emmanuel Macron and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani later on June 13 regarding steps to resolve the Qatar diplomatic crisis.

Qatar's Foreign Ministry also announced that the decisions to cut diplomatic ties were unjustified and based on false claims and assumptions.

The blockade against Qatar by Gulf states was a "very complex situation" and an area where common ground had to be found, USA defence secretary Jim Mattis said. Iran has opened its airspace to Qatari flights after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE all closed off inbound flights from the country.

Similar statements were also issued by the UAE and Bahraini aviation authorities after a CNN interview of Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, Akbar al-Baker, who criticised the three Arab countries for the airspace closure.

This file photo taken on June 5, 2017 shows a man standing outside the Qatar Airways branch in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed hopes for a swift resolution of the crisis engulfing the energy-rich nation of Qatar.

The US President insists Qatar funds and supports terrorism at a high level.

The nations that severed relations accused Qatar of supporting Islamist militants and Iran.

  • Leroy Wright