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Qatar Says in Talks with Iran to Provide Food Supplies

10 Juin 2017

The incident triggered a diplomatic row between Qatar and its neighbors.

Meanwhile, a Friday statement from European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc was calling on all sides to "avoid any further escalation and engage in a political dialogue". - Reuters pic DUBAI, June 7 ― Qataris will no longer be allowed to land at any airports in the United Arab Emirates or catch connecting flights there as part of increased efforts by Arab powers to isolate the Gulf state.

Tillerson told reporters at the State Department that the crisis, which has cut transportation links and trade, had begun to hurt ordinary people in Qatar, impaired business dealings and harmed the U.S. battle against Daesh.

On Monday morning, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Yemen, and Libya's eastern-based government, in addition to the Maldives, cut their ties with the State of Qatar.

Arab countries have put 12 organizations and 59 people they say are associated with energy rich Qatar on a terror sanctions list.

Doha is believed to be Turkey's traditional ally, and it would be surprising if the Turkish authorities pledged their support to Saudi Arabia and its USA -led partners.

Tillerson, whom Trump has tasked with de-escalating the dispute, said it is "troubling to the United States, the region and to many people who are directly affected".

Just under two hours later, President Donald Trump called on Qatar to stop funding of groups that commit terrorism, saying the Gulf nation had historically done so "at a very high level".

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Responding to Tillerson's comments, Erdogan said, "Tillerson's comments on Qatar is positive but not enough, all the sanctions must be halted completely".

"Sorry, but we will continue to give all kinds of support to Qatar", he said.

He said the blockade is hindering U.S. military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS.

Turkish Parliament has approved deployment of troops inside Qatar, reports TRT news.

Erdogan has slammed Arab states for turning their backs on Qatar, which has vehemently denied supporting militant groups.

"Our position on countering terrorism is stronger than numerous signatories of the joint statement - a fact that has been conveniently ignored by the authors", it said in a statement.

"We are ready to do everything to resolve other countries' problems with Qatar", he added.

Despite the ongoing tension over Qatar, official Ankara announced its plans to send gunships and navy vessels to the military base which will be deployed in Qatar, Hurriyet reported.

Qatar Says in Talks with Iran to Provide Food Supplies