Qatar opens new shipping routes via Oman amidst Gulf ban


"This is the time to work for Qatar", said Moutaz Al Khayyat, chairman of Power International Holding, who bought the 1,300-pound beasts in the United States and Australia. Qatar Airlines, a major global flight operator, is no longer allowed to use the airspace above Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE.

South Africa will support efforts by Kuwait and other countries that have already initiated a mediation process between the countries involved and will also throw its weight behind the mediation process, it said.

Most of the fresh milk and dairy products for Doha's more than 1 million population came from Saudi Arabia up until June 5.

Still, Jubeir says Saudi Arabia is willing to provide food and medical supplies through the King Salman Center, a Saudi humanitarian agency.

"I think that as the elder statesman of the Gulf, the king of Saudi Arabia should solve this affair and show leadership", said Erdogan.

The comments were in reaction to remarks by Qatar Airways' chief executive that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were violating worldwide law by shutting out Qatari flights.

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Qatar, a tiny, oil-rich Gulf nation, is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but the embargo by its neighbors and fellow Sunni states has forced it to look elsewhere for revenue streams and transport links. "It's as if a death penalty decision has been taken for Qatar", Erdogan told his party members in Ankara in a televised address.

Qatar, which imported 80 per cent of its food from bigger Gulf Arab neighbours before the diplomatic shutdown, has also been talking to Iran and Turkey to secure food and water. Oman has stayed out of the conflict.

Yemen, the Maldives, Mauritius, Mauritania and the eastern-based government in divided Libya also announced a break in relations with Doha, while Jordan and Djibouti said they would lower the level of diplomatic contacts with Qatar.

Sharif's office issued a statement on Tuesday, following his return from Saudi Arabia.

As the Qatari crisis unfolded, Erdogan nearly immediately announced "full support" for Doha, stating that "we don't find sanctions against Qatar right".