Qatar Airways urges United Nations action against Gulf 'blockade'

Libya, Yemen and the Maldives followed suit.

Local media presented the maritime operation as proof that Doha can survive the dispute with its former partners, which accuse Qatar of promoting and supporting terrorism, sheltering radical Islamic groups that threaten regional security and having strong ties with Iran.

Khayyat said he had already made plans to bring the cows to Qatar by sea but the Gulf rift made him accelerate the move.

"Is this the beginning of wisdom and reasonable thinking?"

He added the countries that imposed sanctions would also lose money because of the damage to business in the region.

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"This is the biggest testimony to USA failure in the Gulf", the diplomat told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. "We were not allowed to give refunds to our passengers".

The head of Iran's livestock exporters said they had exported 66 tonnes of meat to Qatar in the last two days.

Three ships carrying 350 tonnes of food were also set to leave Iran for the emirate.

Macron's office says he has held a series of conversations over the past week with the emir of Qatar, the king of Saudi Arabia, the Turkish president and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.

On Twitter early Monday, budget carrier flynas said it "welcomes the Saudi employees working on Qatar Airways airbus A320, and invites anyone with the desire to join flynas and work among its crew".

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Qatar's finance minister said on Monday the world's richest country per capita has the resources to endure and played down the economic toll of the confrontation.

The political assault against Qatar has seen Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other states break diplomatic ties with Doha, as well as close their land borders and airspace to the country. Doha denies the charges.

On Sunday authorities in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain said they were setting up hotlines to help families with Qatari members, without elaborating.

ICCI President Khalid Iqbal Malik said that the whole Muslim Umma was disturbed over the brewing tensions in the Gulf region involving the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Bahrain issued a similar statement on its state news agency. Qatar was accused of trying to sabotage a Saudi-led initiative by working with Houthis.

Mutlaq Al Qahtani said the Persian Gulf country hosted the Taliban at the "request of the U.S. government" and as part of Qatar's "open-door policy, to facilitate talks, to mediate and to bring peace".

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"I call on all states to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation and to find a rapid resolution through mediation".

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