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Gulf air embargo only applies to Qatar companies: UAE

20 Juin 2017

After Saudi Arabia left Qatar isolated post accusing the country of supporting the Islamic terrorists, Qatar is forced to open and look for new trade routes for food, construction and more to support its natural gas industry.

Erdogan vehemently rejected the accusations - already strongly denied by Doha - that Qatar supports terrorism, arguing the country had been a staunch opponent of Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

It added in a statement that the current tensions around Qatar, "exacerbate the hard situation in the entire Middle East region".

For Saudi Arabia, which had been in conflict with Iran and severed its diplomatic ties with Tehran in January a year ago, this stance and actions by Qatar may appear to be acts of hostility.

Turkey's president has criticized the effort by several Arab countries to isolate Qatar over allegations of sponsoring militant groups, comparing the move to a "death penalty" for the small Gulf country.

Oman is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council but takes a relatively independent diplomatic approach to the other five states in the bloc, particularly towards Iran.

On Sunday, Morocco said it would remain neutral in the dispute, offering to mediate between the Gulf countries, which are all close allies to the North African kingdom. It is the worst crisis for the GCC since its creation in 1981.

"The parties are still defining what it is they want out of this confrontation.It's hard to conduct negotiations if you don't really know what everybody wants".

Tuesday also saw Erdogan commit to holding three way talks regarding the crisis, with French President Emmanuel Macron and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, on the line. Speaking in the parliament ahead of Erdoğan's speech to lawmakers from his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Çavuşoğlu said the two leaders would conduct a phone call to discuss the issue.

FILE - In this Monday, June 5, 2017 file photo, provided by Doha News, shoppers stock up on supplies at a supermarket in Doha, Qatar after Saudi Arabia closed its land border with Qatar, through which the tiny Gulf nation imports most of its food. The move was seen as support by regional power and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey to Doha.

Erdogan also said that Saudi Arabia should solve the crisis. The Kremlin said that the row was not helping to unite efforts to try to find a Syria settlement or fight terrorism.

Al-Baker, warning that the blocking of airspace would also hurt competitors by undermining confidence in the region's "air connectivity", did not say which markets it would expand to.

So far, the measures do not seem to have caused a serious shortages of supplies in shops. Senegal, Chad and Niger recalled their ambassadors from Doha.

Gulf air embargo only applies to Qatar companies: UAE