Air embargo only applies to Qatar companies: UAE aviation authority

Posted June 14, 2017

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has met Saudi King Salman and expressed hope that the current crisis in the Gulf countries involving Qatar will be resolved soon.

Moreover, Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin-Abdulrahman al-Thani pointed out that Hamas itself has always been considered a "legitimate resistance group" across the Arab world.

He said Qatar wants to resolve the issue through dialogue.

Pakistan's parliament last week passed a resolution urging the Pakistani government to help mediate the crisis, which could turn out to be disastrous for the regional security and stability.

Qatar has denied all the allegations.

According to the Bloomberg report, Turkish dairy goods have been flown in, and Iranian fruit and vegetables are on the way.

"It's not in the US's interest to see the Gulf council sort of unravel", Allison Wood, an analyst with Control Risks in Dubai, said.

The majority of the population in Qatar which is also rich in liquified natural gas is overseas workers. "If we're going to lose a dollar, they will lose a dollar also".

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Saudi Arabia, of course, just cut off all relations with its next door neighbour Qatar whose national airline is emblazoned across the front of the famed Barcelona football shirt.

Speaking during a tour of European capitals to gauge support among Doha's traditional allies, Sheikh Mohammed said there was "no proof" to accusations made against Qatar.

They added that Qatar ignored repeated calls to abide by the Riyadh Agreement of 2013, its executive mechanism, and the supplementary agreement in 2014.

"We were not allowed to give refunds to our passengers", he said.

Oil giant Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of backing militant groups and broadcasting their ideology, in an apparent reference to Qatar's influential state-owned satellite channel al Jazeera.

Before the decision Gulf Arab citizens could easily travel, reside and work across the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC].

Last week, five Arab countries - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen - cut off ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

Qatari Finance Minister Ali Shareef Al-Emadi has dismissed concerns that his country is dependent on Gulf neighbors for food imports. Instead of stopping at ports in the UAE, where cargo would then be loaded onto smaller vessels, direct services to Sohar and Salalah are now reportedly operating three times a week.