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Qatar denounces Gulf states' policy of domination

The deliveries came almost a week after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates began a blockade against Qatar, sparking an unprecedented diplomatic crisis.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt this month announced they had suspended ties with Qatar over the emirate's alleged support for extremists, banning all flights to and from the capital Doha and shutting down the offices of the country's national carrier.

Qatar's regional rivals insist it funds and supports political Islam, al Qaeda-linked Syrian militias and the Muslim Brotherhood - as well as accusing the small state of being too cosy with Iran, the Shia regional superpower.

Qatar has denied the accusations and called the collective decision "unjustified".

Qatar has always been accused of financial links to extremist groups and allowing Islamists to base themselves in Doha and using Qatari media as a platform.

Trump said on Friday he backed the Saudi-led movement because Qatar has historically "been a funder of terrorism at a very high level".

Ahead of his visit, Sharif called a meeting of the country's top envoys from Gulf countries to discuss the Saudi-Qatar rift.

The three countries along with Bahrain cut ties to Qatar last week and have moved to block air, land and sea routes to the energy-rich Gulf nation.

Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, Qatar Petroleum's president and CEO, said Saturday that he wanted to assure customers "of our determined efforts to continue uninterrupted supplies".

Iran has opened up its airspace to around 100 new Qatari flights daily, upping its air traffic by 17% according to the official state news agency.

The restrictions have left thousands of Qataris cut off from relatives in a region where cross-border marriages are common and Gulf rulers refer to each other as "brothers".

"We have legal channels to object to this", Al Baker said.

Saudi Arabia has closed the Qatari peninsula's only land border, threatening imports of both fresh food and raw materials needed to complete a United States dollars 200 billion infrastructure project for the 2022 football World Cup.

Iran sent four cargo planes of food to Qatar and plans to provide 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetables every day, Iranian officials have said, amid concerns of food shortages, AzVision.az reports citing the Independent.

A trade source said the food supply situation could worsen further in Qatar if the current crisis is not resolved soon.

United States dollar shortages hit currency exchange houses in Qatar, making it hard for foreign workers to send money home.

A ship used for carrying goods is seen at the Hamad Port during a ceremony to mark the partial opening of the port, in Mesaieed, Qatar December 24, 2015.



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