Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

London Urges Qatar, Gulf States to De-Escalate Situation


In London, British foreign minister Boris Johnson said he would meet this week with his counterparts from Saudi Arabia, kuwait and the UAE, and called for calm. Qatar has called those charges baseless.

Rumours have circulated in Doha that some exchanges have been hit by a shortage of dollars, potentially affecting remittances by Qatar's migrant workforce, estimated at more than two million people.

Akbar Al Baker told CNNMoney's Emerging Markets Editor John Defterios that the decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other states to severe diplomatic and transport links with Qatar amounted to an "illegal" blockade that the USA should be doing its best to resolve.

"Our expectation is that these countries will immediately take steps to de-escalate the situation and put forth a good faith effort to resolve their grievances they have with each other", he said.

"We have open borders with Qatar, we have open lines of communication with Qatar and we are prepared to continue to allow normal business, normal trade with Qatar in areas that the private sector and public sector find it useful for them to engage", he added. Senegal and Chad recalled their ambassadors from Doha.

"It's not about Iran or Al-Jazeera", he said, referring to the Qatar-based broadcaster.

Trump focused on Qatar's funding of terrorism last week, calling it a "hard but necessary action" that culminated in a statement in the Rose Garden during his press conference.

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Thani said that Qatar was in contact with worldwide aviation authorities and legal organizations as it tries to fight back against moves by Saudi Arabia and its allies to cut off its land, air, and sea access. Kuwait has been involved in trying to mediate the dispute.

Taliban leaders are still said to be in Doha, however.

Saudi Arabia and its allies have tried to isolate Qatar over its alleged support of militant groups and ties to Iran.

On Twitter early Monday, budget carrier flynas said "it welcomes the Saudi employees working on Qatar Airways airbus A320, and invites anyone with the desire to join flynas and work among its crew".

Three ships carrying 350 tonnes of food were also set to leave Iran for the emirate.

Saudi Arabia has closed the Qatari peninsula's only land border, threatening imports of both fresh food and raw materials needed to complete a United States dollars 200 billion infrastructure project for the 2022 football World Cup.

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