Qatar news live: Gulf nations ‘torn apart’ by Saudi Arabia-Qatar crisis – Doha latest | World | News

6.23pm: The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) has expressed its concerns about the diplomatic crisis surrounding Qatar, ahead of the 2022 football World Cup.

The organisation said: “ANOC today expressed its hope that the international sports movement in Qatar would not be endangered by the geopolitical situation in the Gulf region.” 

Qatar is set to host the upcoming world athletics championships in 2019 and the 2022 football World Cup.

5.08pm: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is expected to travel to Saudi Arabia in a bid to foster regional reconciliations.

His visit will come as part of a Middle East tour that will include appearances in Kuwait and Iran.

The news comes after Iraqi forces have increased their efforts to liberate the city of Mosul from the hands of ISIS fighters. 

4.07pm: Qatar Airways remains committed to expanding its fleet and routes despite the diplomatic rift in the region, according to its Chief Executive.

“We have had a lot of cancellations, especially to the four countries that did this illegal blockade, but we have found new markets and this is our growth strategy,” Chief Executive Akbar al Baker told Reuters.

4pm: Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, has insisted that Doha will not negotiate with the Arab states that have severed economic and travel ties. 

He told reporters in Doha: ”Qatar is under blockade, there is no negotiation. They have to lift the blockade to start negotiations.”

The Minister added: “Until now we didn’t see any progress about lifting the blockade, which is the precondition for anything to move forward.”

1.15pm: Speaking in Paris, UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said the Qatar blockade could last years, adding: “We do not want to escalate, we want to isolate.”

He said Qatar must abandon its alleged support for “extremist Islamists” before the crisis can be solved. Qatar has denied the accusations. 

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