Turkey's Erdogan slams 'inhumane' isolation of Qatar


A week ago Doha was importing fresh milk and dairy products for its 1 million population from Saudi Arabia.

The dramatic crisis pitting tiny, oil-wealthy Qatar against regional powers Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt raises the question of the survivability of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the regional organization of six Gulf states. Natural gas exports may help Qatar protect it in the ongoing dispute it has with other Arab nations.

The Saudi cabinet expressed satisfaction on Qatar-related decisions. Qatar has dismissed the allegations as a "campaign of incitement" which is "based on lies". Although Qatar's trade has been disrupted, it has kept shipments going by, for example, changing shipping routes to operate via Oman instead of the United Arab Emirates.

"It is neither humane nor Islamic to totally isolate a country's people", Erdogan told a gathering of lawmakers from his ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara.

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

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Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said Monday that the country's government still has "no clue what are the main reasons behind all these measures". Qatar said the official news agency which reported the comments was hacked - and on June 6, U.S. officials told CNN that U.S. investigators believe Russian hackers were behind it.

Iran has opened its airspace to Qatari flights after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE all closed off inbound flights from the country.

In what appeared to be a coordinated move, foreign office officials alleged Qatar was responsible for supporting the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda "at all levels" in an unprecedented diplomatic spat for the Gulf region.

It says Sharif's visit reaffirmed Pakistan's strong commitment for Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity and sovereignty, and quotes King Salman as saying the joint fight against terrorism is in the interest of all Muslims countries. They argue that the comments highlight Doha's close ties with Iran and reinforce their long-held concerns over Qatar's support for terrorism.

Qatar has rejected the accusations, calling them "unjustified" and "baseless".