Qatar begins shipping cargo through Oman to bypass Gulf rift

Meanwhile, Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris on his Twitter page called on Arab countries to deny access to Turkish products after Ankara openly sided with Doha. Chad and Mauritania followed suit, and over the weekend Niger announced it was doing the same.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and transport ties a week ago, accusing Doha of backing terrorism.

Qatar Airways said Sunday its net profits rose by nearly 22 percent in the last financial year that ended in March, before the diplomatic fallout with its Gulf neighbours. Taliban leaders are still said to be in Doha, however.

He accused the Gulf countries of violating a 1944 convention that the UAE and Bahrain have signed.

In Doha, Qatar Airways called on the UN's aviation body to declare the Gulf boycott against the carrier "illegal" and a violation of a 1944 convention on global air transport.

Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Saudi Arabia is also unnerved by Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, where a democratically-elected president affiliated with the movement was in 2013 toppled in a coup lauded by Riyadh.

"We are a neighbour of Qatar and we always want positive relations with all our neighbours".

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He said Pakistan should approach the Gulf countries with the request to show restraint and resolve their differences through negotiations.

"Considering the [volatile] conditions of the region and ongoing challenges, we believe that these countries should take a positive course [of action] and solve their problems at the negotiating table, and work for calm and stability in the region".

"A lot of people think we're the only ones to lose in this", he said.

"Following the sanctions. on Qatar, IranAir has so far transported food and vegetables to this country by four flights", Shahrokh Noushabadi, head of public relations at Iran's national airline, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency. His attempt to engage Turkey in resolving the embargo of Qatar may, in the short run, help preserve our airbases in both nations.

Sheikh Mohammed's courting of Europe - he has also visited Germany and Russian Federation in recent days - though did not go down well in parts of the Gulf.

And yet we have all these sob stories about how Qatar will be hurt by the crisis: the New York Times worries about food shortages, Business Insider writes the crisis is strangling banks, and Forbes calls it a "dangerous shutdown". Schools built with funds from Saudi Arabia are spreading across the Horn of Africa.

But she then added that's unlikely to happen since they [Saudi Arabia] have a huge interest in building schools and mosques at that part of the world.

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