Saudi minister: Qatar action is a boycott, not a blockade

The Emirate has been isolated after the decision by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and other countries to break their diplomatic relations with Doha, which they accuse of "supporting terrorism" and approaching Iran.

The Islamic Republic of Iran also stood by Qatar's side following the crisis and devoted three of its port to exporting food supplies to the isolated Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday 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.

The attempts to isolate Qatar however are apparently not limited to diplomatic channels alone, as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates applied the ban to broadcasts of the Qatari-based Al Jazeera TV network.

Qatar denies the allegations.

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Frustrated with the USA allegations of its alleged involvement in supporting "terrorism", Qatar has cited the examples how it tried and hosted the reconciliation talks with Taliban to bring peace in Afghanistan.

Qatar hosted the Taliban "by request by the U.S. government" and as part of Qatar's "open-door policy, to facilitate talks, to mediate and to bring peace", Tolo News quoted Mutlaq al-Qahtani, as saying. India's major trading partners include the UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

And last but not least, this volatile situation also became a cause for concerns regarding the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022, which is scheduled to be held in Qatar.

"Qatar has been an impartial diplomatic mediator in resolving crises and disputes between brotherly and friendly countries and will continue to be a major player in the global community", the ministry said in a statement. The Gulf state severed ties with its neighbor, Qatar, a little more than a week ago, and multiple Arab states followed suit, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the move was rooted in longstanding differences and urged the parties to resolve them. The ministry said Qatar had been an "impartial diplomatic mediator" in the dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea, which led to armed clashes in 2010. "We will come back as earliest as possible", Zeybekci said.

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