Morocco To Send Food To Qatar Amidst Gulf Diplomatic Crisis

Elias Hubbard
June 27, 2017

The foreign secretary's call for dialogue came following a meeting with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in London.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Velayati said the recent outbreak of diplomatic row with Qatar, only a few days after a meeting of Arab leaders in Riyadh, revealed that Saudi Arabia lacks diplomatic competence and can not live in peace even with its closest neighbors.

Kuwait has tried to mediate in the crisis between Qatar and other Arab nations over Doha's alleged support of Islamists and its ties to Iran. "We have legal channels to object to this", he said. Qatar hosts the Middle East headquarters for U.S. air forces; Bahrain hosts the main base for the U.S. Navy.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards, a powerful branch of the country's military, vowed revenge for the attacks and blamed them on longstanding regional rival Saudi Arabia. Qatar has also accused Saudi Arabia of backing the militant group.

On Twitter early Monday, budget carrier flynas said it "welcomes the Saudi employees working on Qatar Airways airbus A320, and invites anyone with the desire to join flynas and work among its crew". "Airlines offices are not political arms", he said.

Last week, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar.

Qatar says it has begun shipping cargo through to Oman to bypass Gulf countries that have cut off sea routes to the tiny, energy rich nation.

Previously, large cargo ships visited the UAE deep port of Jebel Ali, where cargoes were reloaded onto smaller ships before being delivered to the Qatari port, which is not capable of receiving large vessels.

The Gulf state has indicated that it will ask the council to resolve the conflict, one of the sources said, using a dispute resolution mechanism under the 1944 Chicago Convention which is overseen by ICAO.

Qatar's Hamad Port is 420 nautical miles from Sohar Port and 1,131 nautical miles from Salalah.

Meanwhile, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency has said two Iranian navy vessels will stop off in Oman soon.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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