Oman welcomes Gulf step on intermarried families in Qatar crisis

Vincent Carr
June 20, 2017

Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions in the region continued.

Britain on Monday urged Gulf states including Saudi Arabia to ease a blockade of Qatar and to find an immediate solution to the impasse through mediation.

The Eritrean ministry of information said Monday that the current Gulf crises is not a matter that requires invitation of the Eritrean government or solicitation of its vote.

"One of the big things that we did and you are seeing it now is Qatar and all of the things that are actually going on in a very positive fashion".

The diplomatic crisis has seen Arab nations and others cut ties to Qatar, which hosts a US military base and will be the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Qatar hosted the Taliban at the request of the United States government, the Qatari foreign minister's special envoy on counterterrorism told Aljazeera.

"Qatar is willing to sit and negotiate about whatever is related to Gulf security", he added. Al Thani has visited multiple European countries in recent days seeking diplomatic support.

Pakistani TV showed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and General Qamar Javed Bajwa arriving in Riyadh on June 6.

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In Moscow, the Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's King Salman discussed the Qatar crisis in a phone call on Tuesday. Sharif is considered close to the royal families in both countries.

Most of the fresh milk and dairy products for Doha's more than one million population came from Saudi Arabia up until a week ago. "Qatar is a country which, like Turkey, has adopted the most resolute stance against Daesh [ISIL]", said Erdoğan.

"This is the time to work for Qatar", Khayyat, chairman of Power International Holding said. Sheikh Hamad used revenue from the natural gas to pursue a diplomatic path away from Saudi Arabia, long the heavyweight among Gulf countries.

Analysts estimate that a political standoff between Qatar and other Arab states will cost the airline heavily. Erdoğan rejected accusations that Qatar supported terrorism, arguing that the country had been a staunch opponent of ISIL.

"Qatar is of the opinion that dialogue is the best answer to this crisis".

Sheikh Mohammed s courting of Europe - he has also visited Germany and Russian Federation in recent days - though did not go down well in parts of the Gulf. Qatar has dismissed the allegations as a "campaign of incitement" which is "based on lies". Qatar says it denounces terrorism and that the moves to isolate it are politically motivated. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is scheduled to talk Monday with his Qatari counterpart. However, after Qatar was ostracised by the Gulf nations, the things have changed.

Thousands of shipping containers destined for Qatar are still stuck at Dubai's Jebel Ali port, according to Qatari importers.

As part of the measures against Qatar, Al-Jazeera has also been blocked in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.

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