Sharif to hold talks with Saudi leadership on Qatar fallout

Sharif to hold talks with Saudi leadership on Qatar fallout

Boris Johnson has urged four Gulf and Arab countries to ease their blockade on Qatar over its alleged support for extremist groups and close ties to Iran.

Three boats, carrying around 350 tonnes of food, will also be leaving an Iranian port for Qatar, according to Tasnim news agency, quoting local officials.

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority said it is fully committed to the Chicago convention, but that the state reserves the sovereign right under global law to take any precautionary measures to protect its national security if necessary, UAE state news agency WAM reported.

Saudi has also accused Qatar of supporting the Houthi rebels in Yemen, despite the fact that Doha is a member of a Saudi-led coalition bombing the group.

Amnesty International has criticized the punitive measures taken by Saudi Arabia and a number of its allies against Qatar, saying the restrictions violate the human rights of the Qatari people.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan after concluding his one-day visit to Saudi Arabia in the early hours of Tuesday, ARY News reported.

He said his country was ready for dialogue to resolve the crisis.

Doha has vehemently denied the allegations, suggesting the decision to sever ties was pre-meditated and based on “fabricated claims”.

These policies helped the region’s largest airlines – Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways – to emerge as super connectors linking passengers travelling between East and West.

Saudi Arabia has closed Qatar’s only land border, and Iran, as the closest country to Qatar, can export food products to the Arab country through a 12-hour shipping lane, he added.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has urged the Arab nations who have cut ties to Qatar to negotiate an end to the crisis.

The countries involved in the dispute accused Qatar of supporting the Islamic State militant group (ISIS); Qatar responded by pointing out that it is part of the USA -led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria.

Qatar’s foreign ministry called the accusations “baseless” and said they were part of a plan to “impose guardianship on the state, which in itself is a violation of sovereignty”.

Macron’s office says that the French leader called for a de-escalation of tensions, and stressed the importance of regional stability and joining forces to fight terrorism.

He also heaped praise on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, calling him a “good friend” that Qatar had gotten to know well during his time at the helm of Exxon Mobil.