Saudi Arabia says airspace ban on Qatari flights to protect citizens

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"Taking action to isolate a country in all areas is inhumane and un-Islamic", Erdogan said in televised comments to his party in Ankara, after Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain broke off relations with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

"We in Qatar are prepared to engage in dialogue positively, but in accordance with the worldwide norms and standards that govern any dialogue as per global law", Sheikh Mohammed said.

Iran, which lies across the Gulf from Qatar, has joined Erdogan in committing to support its isolated ally.

South Africa will support efforts by Kuwait and other countries that have already initiated a mediation process between the countries involved and will also throw its weight behind the mediation process, it said.

Qatar is a huge import country, especially for perishable goods (mainly food). Qatar Airways would be able to fly the 590 kg bovines which are 4,000 in number in a total of 60 flights.

Aya Batrawy and Sarah El Deeb of the Associated Press, compiled a report into Qatar's links to these groups, but the most important information is included here. Turkish food supplies can reportedly be found in most of the supermarkets across Qatar.

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Iran reiterates need for dialogue: The "Al-Jazeera" adds: "In a weekly news conference in Tehran, Bahram Ghasemi, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, said Qatar and its neighbours should "try to settle their differences at the negotiating table".

At the heart of the dispute are the long-standing allegations linking Qatar to regional Islamist and militant groups. Qatar says it denounces terrorism and that the moves to isolate it are politically motivated.

Qatar's neighbors cut ties with the country over accusations that it sponsors Islamic extremism, which Qatar denies. However, after Qatar was ostracised by the Gulf nations, the things have changed.

Typically, cargo for Qatar stops at Dubai's massive deep-water Jebel Ali port or in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi, then gets put on smaller boats heading to Doha.

In London, British foreign minister Boris Johnson called for calm and said he would meet this week with his counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE.

Hundreds of containers on their way to Qatar from Oman also: A Qatari food company owner said shipments began arriving on Sunday from Oman, and that about 12 vessels were headed to Qatar.

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