Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Boris Johnson calling for end to blockade of Qatar

Boris Johnson calling for end to blockade of Qatar

"We are going to starve the beast".

"Making Qatar look guilty has not benefited the region.Qatar should not be considered as just a wealthy country with treasures hidden underground".

Dujarric said the secretary-general was encouraging diplomacy "to address concerns and is ready to support such efforts, if desired by all parties". Though both it and Saudi Arabia practice an ultra-conservative form of Sunni Islam called Wahhabism, Qatar allows women to drive and foreigners to drink alcohol.

"It's not about Iran or Al Jazeera", Sheikh Mohammed told reporters in Paris after meeting his French counterpart.

The comments were in reaction to remarks by Qatar Airways' chief executive that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were violating global law by shutting out Qatari flights.

One construction manager told AFP that they only have materials available for two more weeks, but Qatari government ministers have claimed the country's construction industry could survive for up to a year under current conditions.

Al Baker had appealed to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations agency which administers the Chicago convention that guarantees civil overflights to declare the airspace closure as illegal.

"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.

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Saudi Arabia accused its fellow Gulf Co-operation Council member of supporting a range of violent groups, from proxies of Shiite Muslim Iran to the Sunni militants of Islamic State. Al Thani has visited multiple European countries in recent days seeking diplomatic support.

The ambassadors of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and the Bahraini Charge d'affaires accredited to Turkey met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara on Monday.

Three ships loaded with 350 tonnes of food were also set to leave an Iranian port for Qatar, the Tasnim news agency quoted a local official as saying.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker acknowledged the measures in a statement in the company's annual fiscal report.

Riyadh announced on state television that Qatar would no longer participate in the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, claiming Doha had helped support the Houthi rebels, despite Qatari soldiers dying in war against them.

Qatar has also appealed to global aviation authorities to rule as illegal the overflight ban imposed on Qatar Airways by its neighbours, and has briefed lawyers to challenge the flight and other restrictions in the courts. Qatar Airways has made Doha a global hub in just a few years, but barring it from Gulf states' airspace threatens its position as a major transcontinental carrier, experts say.

Last week, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar.

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