Qataris unable to board Qantas flights to Dubai: airline official

Angelica Greene
June 7, 2017

Qatar relies heavily on food imports, especially those coming over its only land border with Saudi Arabia.

He said his recent trip to the Middle East was already paying off, praising his own anti-Islamist speech he made in Saudi Arabia as the inspiration for the Arab nations' decision to sever ties with Qatar. Saudi Arabia said relations with Doha can only be restored if it stops funding extremists, but Riyadh has also been accused of doing the same.

"Qataris who study in Saudi, the UAE and Bahrain, we've had information that they were requested to leave immediately and they were not allowed to continue their final semester exams", he added.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties and their connections to Qatar's airspace, airports and seaports on Monday.

Meanwhile, PIA is in talks to bring back Pakistani passengers of the Qatar Airlines stranded in Doha, an official said on Tuesday.

Earlier, he said the Saudis' move to isolate Qatar could mark the "beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism".

Both Saudi Arabia and Qatar had generously funded Islamist extremists and the U.S. government had known about it for a long time, Giraldi acknowledged.

Saudi Arabia then cited the false item as part of its reason for instituting a diplomatic and economic blockade against Qatar, the report said.

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Meanwhile, the Doha-based state funded Al Jazeera media network reported on Qatar's reaction to the Saudi kingdom's decision. "I think our relationship with Qatar is one that's strong".

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Qatar long has denied funding extremists, and its foreign minister struck a defiant tone in interviews, even after anxious residents emptied grocery stores in its capital, Doha.

Trump's comments put the Pentagon in a tough spot and it praised Qatar for a hosting an important US air base, and for its "enduring commitment to regional security".

The US authorities were aware of the support granted by Qatar and Saudi Arabia to the terrorist operating in the Mideast countries, the leaked e-mail of ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton published by WikiLeaks whistleblowing platform showed.

Meanwhile, the Philippines said it will temporarily suspend the deployment of Filipino workers to Qatar.

Several countries have withdrawn their ambassadors from Doha, Qatar's capital.

Meanwhile, the director of the Qatari Government Communications Office, Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed Al-Thani, said only that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency is helping Qatar investigate the incident and that the findings will be revealed when the probe is complete.

Some 10,000 military personnel are stationed at the Al-Udeid airbase.

But Qatar has also always been accused by its Gulf neighbors and Egypt of supporting extremist groups.

Other reports by GizPress

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