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Pakistani PM hopes for swift solution to crisis over Qatar

Pakistani PM hopes for swift solution to crisis over Qatar”

"Qatar is willing to sit and negotiate about whatever is related to Gulf security", he added.

On Monday, Kuwait's foreign minister, Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah said Qatar is prepared to hold dialogues with the Gulf Arab countries that cut ties with it, noting that the embattled Gulf state is ready to listen to concerns.

The Saudis accused Qatar of supporting "Iranian-backed terrorist groups" operating in the kingdom's eastern province and Bahrain, as well as "terrorist groups aiming to destabilise the region", including the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

Saudi Arabia's regional rival Iran called for a permanent mechanism in the Gulf to resolve issues such as the current crisis. "It's as if a death penalty decision has been taken for Qatar", Reuters quotes Erdogan as saying.

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. Qatar is home to Al-Udeid, the largest U.S. airbase in the region, which houses around 10,000 troops. The country's foreign minister has flown to Moscow, London and Germany in recent days.

Qatar is home to the largest USA airbase in the Middle East, Al-Udeid, making it a key ally in the US-led coalition against IS in Iraq and Syria.

Al Baker had appealed to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations agency which administers the Chicago convention that guarantees civil overflights to declare the airspace closure as illegal.

In a phone conversation with the Saudi king, the Russian leader cautioned against anti-Qatar measures.

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And on Al Jazeera, a Qatari analyst blamed the crisis on the "Riyadh Summit", which Trump attended with a number of other presidents and heads of states of Muslim countries in the Saudi capital last month.

"We're still a AA country and we're one of the top 20 or 25 globally on our ratings.so I think we are very much better than a lot of people around us".

Saudi Arabia insisted on Tuesday that its neighbour Qatar was not under blockade as a Gulf diplomatic dispute escalated amid increasing global concern over its effects on ordinary people.

Saudi Arabia on June 5 sealed Qatar's only land border, and the country has been banned from using the airspace of both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

However, one source told AFP on Monday that Qatar's World Cup preparations continue "as normal".

Three ships carrying 350 tonnes of food were also set to leave Iran for the emirate.

A Qatar Airways plane is seen at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar June 12, 2017.



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