United Kingdom fears the Gulf's Qatar blockade is hurting its people

The coordinated move dramatically escalates a dispute over Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the world's oldest Islamist movement, and adds accusations that Doha even backs the agenda of regional arch-rival Iran.

United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters Monday that Guterres "has been in touch with people as have other United Nations officials".

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".

Qatar, a country of 2.2 million people where citizens make up over 10 percent of the population, discovered the offshore North Field in 1971, the same year it became independent. He had telephone conversations with many leaders, including those of Qatar, Russia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and France. The airline CEO said he did not expect Qatar to be treated in this way by a country "so dependent on its fight against terrorism".

"Our annual results once again reflect the success of our expansion and growth strategy", Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al-Baker said in a statement.

Oil giant Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of backing militant groups and broadcasting their ideology, in an apparent reference to Qatar's influential state-owned satellite channel al Jazeera.

On June 6, Qatari flights bound for Europe and Africa have used Iran's airspace.

The closure of the border, which Qatar shares with Saudi, is seen as particularly significant, threatening the import of materials needed by Qatar to complete its $200 billion worth of infrastructure projects in readiness for 2022.

Iran's Foreign Ministry has urged the Arab nations who have cut ties to Qatar to negotiate an end to the crisis.

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.

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. The envoys of Qatar and Gulf states were attending the meeting.

Qatar announced Monday that it had launched direct shipping services to ports in Oman in a bid to bypass the Gulf "blockade".

Qatar faces isolation by fellow Arab countries after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Egypt severed ties with Doha on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

The Port Authority of Qatar broadcast a video of a ship laden with containers as it arrived in the port of Hamad, in Doha.

Typically, cargo for Qatar stops at Dubai's massive deep-water Jebel Ali port, then gets put on smaller boats heading to Doha.

Previously, Doha imported food and other goods from places as far as Brazil and Australia so the government will continue that, he said. The new flights have increased Iranian air traffic by 17 per cent, the official state news agency has reported.

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