Amid diplomatic crisis, US Ambassador to Qatar to step down

Nick Mcbride
June 14, 2017

The officials stated that the air ban does not extend to private companies and chartered flights, which can continue to use the countries' airports, and can transit through the airspace to and from Qatar, reported the Gulf News.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and severed ties last week.

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

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, talking to reporters during a news conference in Washington on Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said Riyadh was ready to send food and medical supplies to Qatar.

The request should include a list of names and nationalities of crews and passengers, and the cargo carried by the aircraft, it added.

Meanwhile, Qatar has supported Kuwait's efforts to mediate between Doha and Arab states.

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.

When asked what, if any, further steps would be taken against Qatar, the UAE's Otaiba said: "We've designated 59 people and 12 entities; it's likely that you could see designations of their bank accounts, and perhaps of the banks themselves". "Then it must take decisive action to deal once and for all with its extremist problem", he wrote in an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal published on Monday night.

Domestically, the government had been under pressure to stay out of the conflict and, instead, play its role in trying to defuse tensions between the two sides.

Also last week, Abdul Hadi Al-Hajeri, a special emissary of the Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, visited Pakistan along with a six member delegation.

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

Sharif's office issued a statement on Tuesday, following his return from Saudi Arabia.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has expressed the hope that the current impasse in the Gulf countries will be resolved soon in the best interest of Muslim Ummah. He denied Doha supported groups like the Muslim Brotherhood that its neighbours oppose, or had warm ties with their enemy Iran.

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