Morocco To Send Food To Qatar Amidst Gulf Diplomatic Crisis

Frederick Owens
June 17, 2017

Saudi Arabia has closed the Qatari peninsula's only land border, threatening imports of both fresh food and raw materials needed to complete a $200 billion infrastructure project for the 2022 football World Cup.

Trump on Sunday accused Qatar of bankrolling extremists, throwing his weight behind Saudi Arabia and its allies in the worst crisis to grip the Gulf in years.

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

A Qatari businessman plans to fly 4,000 cows into the country to maintain milk supplies during the blockade by the tiny emirate's Gulf neighbors, the Independent reported.

"We in Qatar are prepared to engage in dialogue positively, but in accordance with the worldwide norms and standards that govern any dialogue as per global law", Sheikh Mohammed said.

He said that Qatar has "practically been sentenced to the death penalty" and added that "it is neither humane nor Islamic to attempt to isolate a country's people in every area from food, to drink, to travel, to commerce, to worship".

The port of Dayyer is Iran's closest port to Qatar.

Russia's state-run Tass news agency says the two discussed "the growing tensions around Qatar".

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Qatar's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani reaffirmed Monday that Qatar is focusing on solving humanitarian problems as a result of the illegal siege imposed on the country.

ICAO spokesman William Raillant-Clark said the agency could not make an immediate comment.

World's richest country by capita, Qatar is forced to fly dairy goods from Turkey for the time being while Iran is supporting Qatar by exporting fruit and vegetables.

The Saudi cabinet's meeting included discussions on the visits of worldwide leaders including Kuwaiti Emir Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visits to the Kingdom.

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

ISIS has its roots in al Qaeda in Iraq, which took part in the insurgency that followed the 2003 US-led invasion of the country.

If Qatar and Saudi Arabia continued to fight over this, there is real fear the Syrian Resistance fighters, who are also fighting ISIS, may not receive the funding they need to continue.

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