The Qatar Airways will have to make 60 sorties to help chairman of Power International Holding Moutaz Al Khayyat's ambitious plan to become a reality, Bloomberg reported. Iran has opened its airspace to Qatari flights after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE all closed off inbound flights from the country. The coordinated move suggests the Gulf states are seeking to lessen the humanitarian impact of their June 5 severing of ties with Qatar, in retaliation for what they call its support for terrorism and their regional foe Iran.
Saudi news agencies said the talks were concerned with "bilateral relations and counter terrorism efforts", but Russia's state-run Tass news agency said Putin and King Salman discussed tensions around Qatar.
Violence has increased in recent weeks between militants and Saudi security forces in a predominantly Shiite town in the country's east. Saudi Arabia has also accused Qatar of backing Iranian-allied rebels in Yemen, known as Houthis.
The comments were in reaction to remarks by Qatar Airways' chief executive that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were violating worldwide law by shutting out Qatari flights. "It's as if a death penalty decision has been imposed on Qatar", Erdoğan said. A number of nations, including Turkey, have been engaged in intense diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the crisis between Qatar and the other mostly Arab countries.
"It is neither humane nor Islamic to totally isolate a country's people", Erdogan told a gathering of lawmakers from his ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara.
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Qatar, which imported 80 per cent of its food from bigger Gulf Arab neighbours before the diplomatic shutdown, has also been talking to Iran and Turkey to secure food and water.
In his speech Erdogan said: "Qatar has shown the most decisive stance against the terrorist organisation Islamic State alongside Turkey".
Pakistan, which has close ties with the kingdom but also business ventures in Qatar, has stayed out of the dispute.
The country has strenuously denied all charges, rejecting them as "unjustified" and "baseless".