Putin, Saudi King Discuss Qatar Diplomatic Crisis

Qatari planes banned from Egyptian Saudi air space

Qatari planes banned from Egyptian Saudi air space

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday slammed several Arab countries for economically and politically isolating Qatar, branding their actions as inhumane and un-Islamic.

Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar last week, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and their arch-adversary Iran - allegations Qatar says are baseless.

While calling on Qatar and the Gulf nations to ease tensions, the United Nations said it is working to resolve the crises.

An exception is made for private planes and charter flights to or from Qatar, which require permission to transit through the airspace of the three countries, the statements said. But the isolation that started on June 5 has forced Qatar to look at new friends to import food and other materials. "It's as if a death penalty decision has been taken for Qatar", Erdogan told his party members in Ankara in a televised address. "Victimising Qatar through smear campaigns serves no objective", he added.

Qatar has launched two new shipping services to Omani ports after other Gulf states severed ties with Doha last week, raising concerns over food supplies to import-dependent Qatar.

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Qatar's finance minister said on Monday the world's richest country per capita has the resources to endure and played down the economic toll of the confrontation.

Qatar and Turkey also seek to engage Saudi Arabia's rival Iran despite differences with Tehran's policies in the broader region. Hassan Hassan, a Syria expert, said Qatar has never supported al-Qaida or IS direct.

Erdogan is scheduled to talk with US President Donald Trump in the coming days about Qatar situation, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.

Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita was also in the Gulf on a mission by King Mohammed to try to mediate.

So far, the measures against Qatar do not seem to have caused serious shortages of supplies in shops. Most likely, Qatar will make some concessions to return to the fold.

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