Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

South Africa supports mediation to resolve Gulf crisis

South Africa supports mediation to resolve Gulf crisis

Denouncing the economic and political isolation of Qatar by several Gulf countries, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today termed it "inhumane and against Islamic values".

Erdogan dubbed the Saudi-led actions as tantamount to a "death penalty" imposed on Qatar, which he said was the target of a defamation campaign.

Qatar has launched two new shipping services to Omani ports after other Gulf states severed ties with Doha last week, raising concerns over food supplies to import-dependent Qatar. "Victimising Qatar through smear campaigns serves no goal".

The Saudi cabinet's meeting included discussions on the visits of global leaders including Kuwaiti Emir Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visits to the Kingdom.

Before the blockade, most of the milk pouring into the country came from Saudi Arabia and it's now becoming scarce. "Let's stop fooling ourselves".

If Qatar and Saudi Arabia continued to fight over this, there is real fear the Syrian Resistance fighters, who are also fighting ISIS, may not receive the funding they need to continue. Trump to discuss Qatar crisis with Erdoğan: Turkish FM Earlier, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated that U.S. President Donald Trump would discuss the crisis with Erdoğan in the near future. He also vowed that Turkey would keep supporting Qatar while noting that the dispute should be resolved before the end of the holy month of Ramadan toward the end of June.

A Qatar Airways plane is seen at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar June 12, 2017.

Turkey's president has criticised moves by Qatar's Gulf neighbours to isolate the emirate as "inhumane".

The United Arab Emirates and Qatar have always been major proponents of open-skies air transport agreements which remove restrictions on flying between states.

Seeking to show its backing of Doha, Turkey has fast-tracked a previously planned deployment of soldiers and trainers to Qatar and has begun delivering food and other supplies by air.

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