Boris Johnson calling for end to blockade of Qatar
Boris Johnson calling for end to blockade of Qatar
26 June, 2017, 01:55
In what appeared to be a coordinated move, foreign office officials alleged Qatar was responsible for supporting the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda "at all levels" in an unprecedented diplomatic spat for the Gulf region.
He also requested the Saudi King Salman to take the lead in resolving the crisis.
However, after diplomatic relations were broken off on June 5, the three member States of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) made a decision to close their air, maritime and land borders, in addition to cancelling flights among their countries and expelling Qatari residents.
Qatar's foreign minister told state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera on Monday that his country and the United States were in touch with the emir of Kuwait who is leading mediation efforts on the Gulf's diplomatic crisis. Turkish food supplies can reportedly be found in most of the supermarkets across Qatar.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the isolation of Qatar as "un-Islamic and inhumane", equating the methods used against the state to a "death penalty".
Qatar's neighbors cut ties with the country over accusations that it sponsors Islamic extremism, which Qatar denies.
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After meeting Qatari foreign minister Mohammed al Thani, Mr Johnson urged Qatar "to take seriously their neighbours' concerns".
He added that the countries that announced suspending ties, which included Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, faced their own risk of financial hardship from damage to business in the region.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed hopes for a swift resolution of the crisis engulfing the energy-rich nation of Qatar.
A businessman in Qatar is flying 4,000 cows into the Gulf country to tackle the shortage of milk after Saudi Arabia and other major Arab nations cut diplomatic ties with Doha on June 5.
Transporting the cows could take as many as 60 Qatar Airways flights from the USA and Australia, where he bought the cows.
Doha is a major worldwide travel hub, but flagship carrier Qatar Airways now flies increasingly over Iran and Turkey after being blocked elsewhere in the Middle East.
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