PM in Jeddah to 'help resolve Gulf crisis'

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Trump recently returned from his first trip overseas, during which he visited Saudi Arabia where he sealed economic and military deals for the United States worth $350 billion.

But speaking in Europe on Monday, Qatar's Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani confirmed several mediation efforts have so far failed to produce results.

Pakistan's parliament last week passed a resolution urging the Pakistani government to help mediate the crisis, which could turn out to be disastrous for the regional security and stability.

Qatar, for its part, has denied the accusations, calling the moves to diplomatically isolate it as "unjustified". The two countries maintain diplomatic relations - a source of contention for Saudi Arabia, which views Iran as its regional foe and has worked to line up allied Sunni Arab states against it.

Mutlaq Al Qahtani said the Persian Gulf country hosted the Taliban at the "request of the United States government" and as part of Qatar's "open-door policy, to facilitate talks, to mediate and to bring peace".

Natural gas built the high-rises of Qatar's capital, put the Al-Jazeera satellite news network on the air and a fleet of passengers jets for its state carrier in the sky. "(And) they did. We are still the leaders in the world in terms of climate, but we are not going to be held hostage through some executive order that we all thought out", Perry said.

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The Saudi cabinet expressed satisfaction on Qatar-related decisions.

Qatar is home to the biggest USA military base in the Middle East.

But Al-Emadi said there is no such crisis.

In what it calls the biggest bovine airlift in history, Moutaz Al Khayyat, chairman of Power International Holding, bought the cows from Australia and the U.S. and it will take around 60 flights for Qatar Airways to deliver the 590-kg beasts, first reported by Bloomberg. Three ships carrying 350 tonnes of food are also set to leave Iran.

In the biggest diplomatic crisis in the region in years, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, plus Egypt and Yemen, on Monday announced they were cutting all ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremism.

Striking a careful balance, Erdogan stopped short of directly criticising Saudi Arabia's actions but called on Saudi King Salman to show leadership by solving the crisis. Shipments of containers through the UAE port of Jebel Ali were frozen last week. Other nations also operate forces out of Qatar.