United Kingdom urges Gulf states to ease blockade against Qatar


United Kingdom urges Gulf states to ease blockade against Qatar

Qatar begins shipping cargo through Oman to bypass Gulf rift

Qatar begins shipping cargo through Oman to bypass Gulf rift

Last Thursday, Guterres urged countries in the region "to avoid escalating tensions and work instead to overcome their differences", United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have broken off relations with Qatar, in the worst diplomatic crisis to hit Gulf Arab states in decades.

The blockade was in retaliation for what the states claim is Qatari support for terrorist groups and close relations with Iran.

And yet we have all these sob stories about how Qatar will be hurt by the crisis: the New York Times worries about food shortages, Business Insider writes the crisis is strangling banks, and Forbes calls it a "dangerous shutdown".

Speaking after meeting Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Mr Johnson said: "I have been in touch with my counterparts across the region about the current tensions with Qatar".

"[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 endeavours to enhance security and stability", state news agency KUNA quoted Kuwait's foreign minister Sheikh Sabah al Khalid al Sabah as saying. "The impact is quite a lot of disruption, but in the end it's an interesting challenge and one that we need to deal with by being as agile as possible". Al Thani has visited multiple European countries in recent days seeking diplomatic support.

Pakistani TV showed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa arriving in Riyadh on Monday.

Saudi, UAE and Bahraini citizens were also given the same timeframe to leave Qatar.

Qatar also has hosted a leader of Hamas, the militant Islamic group ruling the Gaza Strip, as well as members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a Sunni Islamist group that Gulf nations consider a threat to their hereditary rule. The three Gulf countries and Egypt have accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and.

Qatar's normally bustling desert border with Saudi Arabia - and its only land border - was deserted on Monday, with a few dozen frustrated travellers bemoaning the ongoing rift between Gulf powers.

The airline CEO said he did not expect Qatar to be treated in this way by a country "so dependent on its fight against terrorism".

On June 6, Qatari flights bound for Europe and Africa have used Iran's airspace.

He also criticised Saudi Arabia and the UAE for shutting down the airline's offices.

Qatar Airways, which serves 150 destinations, launched 10 routes over the past financial year, including Adelaide, Atlanta and Helsinki.

In a statement on Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Gulf states to ease their measures against Qatar which he said were forcing the separation of families and causing children to be pulled out of school.