Qatar Downplays Effects of Diplomatic Crisis

Posted June 24, 2017

Both Saudi and Qatari officials appear to be seeking support from Ethiopia.

Jubeir said Qatar can move goods in and out "whenever they want".

"A lot of people think we're the only ones to lose in this", he said.

Saudi Arabia and Iran have clashed over several issues, including Iran's nuclear program and what Saudis see as Tehran's growing influence in the region - especially in Syria, Lebanon and neighboring Yemen. Al Thani has visited multiple European countries in recent days seeking diplomatic support.

Before the blockade, Qatar had imported most of its dairy products from neighboring countries, including Saudi Arabia.

Turkey has also fast tracked a decision to approve the deployment of troops to Qatar - part of an existing bilateral agreement but widely interpreted as a show of support for the blockaded nation. "Families are being disrupted around these countries". He said Qatar, like Turkey, had been a staunch opponent of Islamic State terrorists, adding, "Let's stop fooling ourselves".

Iran is a Shia-led country that rivals Saudi Arabia for regional influence.

Last week, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar. "Victimizing Qatar through smear campaigns serves no objective".

Reports have emerged of panic buying at supermarkets amid concerns of a food shortage with Qatar dependent on its Gulf neighbours for food imports.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said Monday the two sides should resolve their differences through negotiations.

If Qatar and Saudi Arabia continued to fight over this, there is real fear the Syrian Resistance fighters, who are also fighting ISIS, may not receive the funding they need to continue. Qatar has denied the allegations. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is scheduled to talk Monday with his Qatari counterpart.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the Gulf's "inhumane" blockade of Qatar saying the action is contrary to Islamic values in a speech on Tuesday.

An embargo has also cut off food, transport and other links between the four countries and Qatar, which typically imports around 80 percent of its food from its neighbors. A cargo ship arrived at the Sohar Port in Oman from Doha's Hamad Port.

Thousands of shipping containers destined for Qatar are still stuck at Dubai's Jebel Ali port, according to Qatari importers.