Gulf dispute: Pakistani pilgrims stuck at Doha airport


He said Qatar "believes such differences between sister countries must be resolved through dialogue" and proposed holding a session to exchange views and narrow differences, while respecting each other's views, without giving details. It's the worst diplomatic crisis to strike the region since the 1991 Gulf War.

Nepal has expressed concerns over the situation of its workers employed in the Gulf nations after seven countries, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Libya, cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani spoke by telephone overnight with his counterpart in Kuwait, which has maintained diplomatic ties with Qatar, and chose to postpone a speech to the Qatari people as requested.

Kuwait's emir, who has spent decades as a diplomat and mediator in regional disputes, hosted Sheikh Tamim last week as the crisis was brewing.

Their flight was scheduled to reach Jeddah via Doha, but it has stuck in Doha after the Arab nations cut ties with Qatar, and the airline had to suspend all its flights to Saudi Arabia. There are also widespread reports that football's FIFA governing body has held talks with Qatar over the 2022 World Cup scheduled to be held in the country. Doha-based satellite news network Al-Jazeera reported trucks carrying food had begun lining up on the Saudi side of the border, apparently stranded. On its website, the carrier said the suspension of its flights would take effect Tuesday and customers are being offered a refund.

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But a spokeswoman for Emirates told there would be "no impacts" to the airline's other routes, such as those that connect Australia with Europe and Asia via Dubai.

In a statement, the authority also said licences granted to Qatar Airways' employees would be withdrawn.

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday and ordered their land, sea and airports closed to Qatari aircraft and vessels.

FILE - In this May 14, 2010 file photo, a Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar.