Gulf crisis: Qatar launches direct shipping services to Oman ports

Marco Green
June 13, 2017

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

"Our annual results once again reflect the success of our expansion and growth strategy", Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al-Baker said in a statement.

Last week, Saudi Arabia, along with Egypt, Bahrain and UAE, cut off all ties with Qatar on its alleged support of extremism and terrorism, as well as ties with Iran.

The Pakistani premier will meet Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as part of his effort to stem the escalating diplomatic tensions between Qatar and the Saudi-led alliance, a senior Foreign Ministry official told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity as he was not allowed to speak to the media due to the sensitivity of the issue.

Ahead of his visit, Sharif called a meeting of the country's top envoys from Gulf countries to discuss the Saudi-Qatar rift.

Qatar said on Saturday it would not expel citizens of the countries that had cut ties with it.

Saudi Arabia's Flynas has waded into the kingdom's row with Qatar, making a pitch to poach Saudi staff working for the much larger Qatar Airways.

Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions in the region continued.

Trump focused on Qatar's funding of terrorism last week, calling it a "hard but necessary action" that culminated in a statement in the Rose Garden during his press conference. "We also held talks with nine high-ranking officials in Astana (during Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit) and hope they may have a positive impact".

"The US sees Hamas as a terror organization, but to the rest of the Arab nations it is a legitimate resistance movement", Al-Thani said during a visit to Russian Federation. France has economic and military ties with Qatar and other Gulf states.

Qatar's port authority published video Monday showing a ship arriving at Doha's Hamad Port from Oman's port of Sohar.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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