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Erik Tate | 14 June, 2017, 07:11

"Qatar is not a country that supports terrorism, on the contrary, it is a country that fights alongside Turkey against Daesh terror organization".

Trump recently returned from his first trip overseas, during which he visited Saudi Arabia where he sealed economic and military deals for the USA worth $350 billion.

Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said Monday that the country's government still has "no clue what are the main reasons behind all these measures". The Turkish president has vowed to keep supporting Qatar and has said the dispute should be resolved before the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Pakistan's parliament last week passed a resolution urging the Pakistani government to help mediate the crisis, which could turn out to be disastrous for the regional security and stability.

Qatar's Hamad Port is 420 nautical miles from Sohar Port and 1,131 nautical miles from Salalah.

The closure of the border, which Qatar shares with Saudi, is seen as particularly significant, threatening the import of materials needed by Qatar to complete its $200 billion-plus worth of infrastructure projects in readiness for 2022.

The summit included one bilateral meeting between the USA and Saudi Arabia and two multilateral meetings, one between the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the other with Arab and Muslim countries.

In an interview with Al-Jazeera English, Baker also came down hard on US President Donald Trump, whose country has been a longtime ally of Qatar. He insisted Qatar's position is not directly to support Hamas as such, but to support the Palestinian people in general.

EU's Tusk warns Britain Brexit time tight, risk of no deal
The prospect of a hung Parliament would throw serious doubt over Brexit negotiations, due to begin in earnest in just 10 days. "We will have to see whether the negotiation chief will remain the same, how the relevant ministers will look".

Gulf leaders have also been critical of Qatar's relatively neutral stance on Iran, which they view as a prime destabilizing force in the region.

Johnson encouraged Qatar to "take seriously their neighbors' concerns" but also expressed alarm at the blockading of the country and called for it to be eased.

Saudi Arabia is not a signatory.

Qatar shares control of a vast underwater gas field with Iran, which lies on the other side of the Persian Gulf.

The new flights have increased Iranian air traffic by 17 per cent, the official state news agency has reported.

He said the deals he signed in Saudi Arabia will bring "many thousands of jobs" to the USA and help Riyadh take a greater role in providing stability and security in that region.

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.

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