Sharif to visit Saudi Arabia amid Gulf crisis

Another point of departure is Qatar’s ties with Iran, with whom it shares one of the world’s biggest gas fields.

Qatar denies the claims but has hired John Ashcroft, the US Attorney General during the September 11 attacks, to evaluate and review its attempts to combat terrorism and terrorism funding. Moreover, Turkey has declared its full support to Qatar by adopting a bill on deploying Turkish troops in the country. There are widespread reports that Saudi wants Al Jazeera shut down as the price for restoring diplomatic relations.

These include banning Qatar Airways from using their airspace, and Saudi Arabia also revoked Qatar Airways’ licence to operate out of the kingdom.

“It’s not an easy fight, but that’s a fight we’re going to win”, he said.

Also, many investors are still hoping for a diplomatic solution in coming weeks. “We’re focused on solving humanitarian problems resulting from the illegal blockade”.

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.

Saudi Arabia is not a signatory. Qatari Finance Minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi told CNBC television in an interview broadcast today that the countries which had imposed sanctions on Qatar would also lose money because of the damage to business in the region. “We do not support Hamas, we support the Palestinian people”.

Ankara is now in efforts to ease the embargo on Qatar and to end the crisis before Eid al-fitr, the sources said.

Last week, the Saudi-led block published a list of individuals and organisations they accuse of being involved in “terrorism” linked to Qatar.

The Qatari stock index index has dropped 8.7 percent since four Arab states cut links a week ago, and the initial shock of the sanctions against Qatar may now ease.

“We are indeed facing a diplomatic crisis”.

He also talked about the unwillingness of Iran’s neighbours to join the so-called Arab NATO, saying that some of the world realities are being copied, but they are too far from the realities of the region and such developments must be observed.

“(Kuwait) affirms the readiness of the brothers in Qatar to understand the reality of the qualms and concerns of their brothers and to heed the noble endeavors to enhance security and stability”, Kuwait’s state news agency KUNA quoted Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah as saying.

Qatar, meanwhile, pledged that those nations’ citizens will have “complete freedom” to stay in the country.

Saudi Arabia’s arch-rival Iran on Sunday announced it had sent five planes carrying produce to Qatar.

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