Gulf diplomatic crisis: Morocco to send food to Qatar



The statement from Sharif's office quoted him as saying he hopes the "current impasse in the Gulf will be resolved soon" in the best interest of the Muslim community.

United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters Monday that Guterres "has been in touch with people as have other United Nations officials". "We are going to starve the beast".

Qatar's currency, the riyal, touched a new low against the dollar on Tuesday as the country's diplomatic crisis continued.

Dujarric said the secretary-general was encouraging diplomacy "to address concerns and is ready to support such efforts, if desired by all parties".

Last week, five Arab countries - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen - cut off ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

The Saudi cabinet expressed satisfaction on Qatar-related decisions. Qatari officials met Monday with Ethiopia's prime minister and Saudi officials visited the Ethiopian capital over the weekend. UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash, and key architect of the blockade on Qatar told CNN's John Defterios that Qatar offers "very, very huge logistical, financial support for extremist groups".

Qatar Airways Monday called on the UN's aviation body, the International Civil Aviation Organization, to declare the Gulf boycott illegal and a violation of a 1944 convention on international air transport.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today slammed the economic and political isolation of Qatar as inhumane and contrary to Islamic values after key Gulf states broke off ties with Ankara's ally.

Sheikh Sabah has visited Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar in the last week in an effort to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis. The country's foreign minister has flown to Moscow, London and Germany in recent days.

In London, British foreign minister Boris Johnson said he would meet this week with his counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE, and called for calm. Three ships carrying 350 tonnes of food are also set to leave Iran.

On Sunday, Morocco said it would remain neutral in the dispute, offering to mediate between the Gulf countries, which are all close allies to the North African kingdom. Some 76 daily flights are likely to be grounded, majority operated by Qatar Airways, according to scheduling firm OAG.

Qatar's new and state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha serves as a major transit hub for some 37 million passengers a year, largely between Europe and Asia.

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