“Sudan and Eritrea for example are members of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, however, they both have very close ties to Qatar“, Weber said.
For its part, Qatar issued an overnight statement saying residents living in the country from those nations that severed ties would have “complete freedom” to stay despite the “hostile and tendentious campaigns” now targeting it.
“We have legal channels to object to this”, he said.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain are among several countries which last week announced the suspension of all ties to Qatar over what they say is the state’s support for extremist groups and its political proximity to Iran.
Undeterred by the challenge, Khayyat’ said, “This is the time to work for Qatar”.
Qatar Airways (QA) on Monday called on the UN’s aviation body to declare a Gulf boycott against the carrier “illegal” and a violation of a 1944 convention on global air transport.
Qatar’s Qatalum aluminium plant is now exporting metals via ports in Kuwait and Oman, as well as a Qatari container port.
Turkey has also stepped in to help Qatar, supplying the desert country with dairy products.
So while Qatar can still buy perishables from the USA, for example, it is experiencing difficulty physically getting the goods to the country.
Qatar said Monday that it had begun shipping cargo through Oman to bypass Persian Gulf countries that have cut off sea routes to the tiny, energy-rich nation, the latest move by Doha to show it can survive a diplomatic dispute with its neighbors.
“Because of the strong personal ties of honest fraternity and mutual consideration between King Mohammed VI – and His brother Kings and Emirs of the Gulf countries, the Kingdom of Morocco has been careful not to pay into public statements and hasty statements which only reinforce discord and deepen differences”, the ministry said in the statement.
Britain urged Gulf states including Saudi Arabia to ease the blockade against Qatar and to find an immediate solution to the impasse through mediation.
Erdogan added he would hold three-way phone talks on the crisis later Tuesday with French President Emmanuel Macron and Qatar’s ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
The comments were in reaction to remarks by Qatar Airways’ chief executive that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were violating global law by shutting out Qatari flights.
However, after diplomatic relations were broken off on June 5, the three member States of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) made a decision to close their air, maritime and land borders, in addition to cancelling flights among their countries and expelling Qatari residents.
“I personally lived through the first building blocks of this council almost four decades ago, so it is not easy for someone like me as a leader to stand silent without doing everything I can to bring brothers back together”.