Saudi plans new Arab channel to end Qatar monopoly

US ambassador to Qatar to step down amid diplomatic crisis

Factories in Qatar, which until the action imported 80% of its supplies from the participating countries, have been working around the clock to process increased fresh food imports from non-Arab nations.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday slammed the economic and political isolation of Qatar as inhumane and contrary to Islamic values after key Gulf states broke off ties with Ankara s ally.

Washington should consider relocating its Al Udeid airbase from Qatar as it gives the gas-rich state "a nice insurance policy" against pressure from Arab neighbors, the UAE ambassador to the USA argued as the Gulf political crisis enters its second week.

Turkey also is eager to maintain workable relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia s foe with whom Doha s critics say Qatar maintained excessively close ties.

"The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has been a funder of terrorism at a very high level".

Qatar is home to a vital USA military outpost, the Al-Udeid Air Base, which houses 10,000 troops.

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Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, who is scheduled to visit Qatar today, said that his government aimed to protect the security of the region as a whole not just a particular country and he added that he hoped the dispute with Qatar would be resolved before the end of Ramadan.

Yemen's internationally backed government, which no longer holds its capital and large portions of the war-torn country, also cut relations with Qatar, as did the Maldives and one of conflict-ridden Libya's competing governments. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has criticized the measures imposed on Qatar, saying they were hurting the emirate's people, not its rulers.

Zeybekci also indicated he would meet officials from Booking.com on June 22, to discuss its activities.

There are no apparent plans by Arab states to propose that names from their Qatar blacklist be subjected to United Nations sanctions, diplomats said on Wednesday, a likely hard move that would need approval by the 15-member U.N. Security Council.

Speaking to Al-Jazeera's English news channel, Al Baker said he will not remain anybody's friend if that someone is standing on the other side of Qatar, unfairly, reiterating that he will only be loyal to his own country.

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain appear to be violating people's human rights by threatening to jail or fine them for expressing sympathy for Qatar, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein said on Wednesday.

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