Iraq Asks Saudi Arabia for Proof of Qatar's Links with Terrorism

The embargo bans "all Qatari aviation companies and aircraft registered in the state of Qatar" from landing or transiting through the airspace of the Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, according to the statements issued by the three countries.

Businesses in Qatar say they are pulling the plug on UAE and Saudi contracts, and don't expect to resume them even if the diplomatic storm blows over.

"We don't want to take any of Djibouti's land", Araya said.

Tillerson and US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis have been working the telephones attempting to de-escalate the crisis between Riyadh and Qatar, which hosts a huge US air base.

He also said that his government was exercising its "sovereign right" by blocking Qatar from using Saudi airspace, territorial waters and their mutual border.

"We call upon the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to declare this an illegal act", al-Baker said in a statement. Qatar denies those allegations. "They just can not use our territorial waters".

Al Shafi noted, however, that despite the blockade, Qataris were having little problem meeting their everyday needs.

However, Turkey has announced that it would continue to develop relations with Qatar and will make efforts to resolve the crisis through dialogue.

Home to some 10,000 US troops, the base has emerged as a flashpoint in the dispute between Qatar and its neighbors, the worst in the Persian Gulf in years.

He added: "We would like to thank Turkey's economy minister in particular for instructing Turkish officials to help meet the needs of our people".

Meanwhile, the attempts by the several Gulf states to impose a de facto transport blockade against Qatar have already raised concerns that the country, which depends heavily on food imports, may end up facing a severe food shortage.

"We believe that the reasonable attitude shown by the Turkish president, prime minister and foreign minister is key to the stability of the entire Gulf region", the ambassador said.

There are reports suggesting that Somalia, which has not cut ties with Qatar, has been offered aid (bribe) amounting to $80m, to cut its ties with Qatar but "Somalia has rejected the offer".

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