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Qatar Downplays Effects of Diplomatic Crisis

Qatar Downplays Effects of Diplomatic Crisis

Professor in worldwide relations Abdul Latif al-Salemi told Asharq Al-Awsat that the severing of ties is not much different than the USA administration's demand for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism.

The other two nations in the six-member Gulf Co-operation Council, Kuwait and Oman, have maintained diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar.

This file photo shows Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani arriving for the opening of a conference in Paris, France, on January 15, 2017. It quotes the prime minister as saying he hopes the dispute between Qatar and its Arab neighbors will be resolved soon.

"Our reserves and investment funds are more than 250 percent of gross domestic product, so I don't think there is any reason that people need to be concerned about what's happening or any speculation on the Qatari riyal".

Qatar has denied all the allegations.

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Qatar is home to the largest United States airbase in the Middle East, Al-Udeid, making it a key ally in the US-led coalition against IS in Iraq and Syria.

Pakistan, which has close ties with the kingdom but also business ventures in Qatar, has stayed out of the dispute.

The results cover the period from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, well before Saudi Arabia and several of its allies cut ties with Qatar and severed air links with Doha almost a week ago.

He said Qatar wants to resolve the issue through dialogue.

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The three countries' aviation bodies also said non-Qatari private and chartered flights from Qatar must submit requests to them at least 24 hours before crossing the airspace. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is scheduled to talk Monday with his Qatari counterpart.

Jason Tuvey, Middle East economist at London-based Capital Economics, said that as long as the other Gulf countries did not interfere with Qatar's gas exports, the tiny state would probably be able to carry on without a serious recession.

Meanwhile, Qatar on Monday announced it had launched direct shipping services to ports in Oman, a move that bypasses a Gulf "blockade" on a country largely dependent on food imports.

But the document contains at least two names already designated internationally as terrorist financiers, and against whom Qatar took action, according to a previous US Department of State report.

Qatar's port authority says its cargo will go through Sohar, as well as Oman's port at Salalah.

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