Saudi Arabia says no blockade of Qatar

On 5 June, the maritime authorities in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain said they had closed their ports to Qatari-flagged vessels.

Yemen, Libya and the Maldives have also joined Saudi Arabia and Egypt in entirely banning Qatar Airways from their airspace. He said Qatar, like Turkey, had been a staunch opponent of Islamic State terrorists, adding, "Let's stop fooling ourselves".

An Iranian diplomat in Doha said three cargo planes from Iran were landing in Qatar each day, bringing mostly fruit and vegetables.

The move by Saudi and its allies came shortly after US President Donald Trump visited Riyadh, with some analysts saying the US leader had emboldened the Saudi leadership.

Russia's state-run Tass news agency says the two discussed "the growing tensions around Qatar". "Victimising Qatar through smear campaigns serves no objective".

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"We are business as usual, and we are open for business", he said.

The support was declared by Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani while talking to newsmen in Paris after meeting his French counterpart.

Bahrain's central bank ordered banks operating in the kingdom to freeze assets and bank accounts of the 59 individuals and 12 entities - Qatar-linked - that a group of Saudi-led countries have accused of links to terrorism.

"I would not expect any overnight resolutions", he said.

"The state of Qatar has not taken any steps regarding the inhabitants on its territories, who are the citizens of brotherly and friendly countries which have cut diplomatic relations or downgraded diplomatic representation with the state of Qatar in the wake of biased and hostile campaigns against the state of Qatar", the government agency said.

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Turkey has maintained good relations with Qatar as well as several of its Gulf Arab neighbours.

Morocco, a close ally of the Gulf countries, said on Sunday it would remain neutral and offered to facilitate dialogue, according to a statement from the country's foreign ministry.

The statement said the initiative by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates "is not confined to Qatar alone as the potential of Qatar is very limited", but is "one initiative among many in the right direction that envisages full realization of regional security and stability".

Prices of Qatar's worldwide bonds have dropped sharply, but in answer to another question, Emadi said he saw no need for the government to step into the market and buy those bonds to support prices.

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