Iran has sent five planes of food to Qatar

By AFP
Published: June 11, 2017
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TEHRAN: Iran has sent five planes of food to Qatar, Iran’s national carrier told AFP on Sunday, days after Gulf countries cut off air and other transport links to the emirate.

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“So far five planes carrying perishable food items such as fruit and vegetables have been sent to Qatar, each carrying around 90 tonnes of cargo, while another plane will be sent today,” Iran Air spokesperson Shahrokh Noushabadi said. “We will continue deliveries as long as there is demand” from Qatar, Noushabadi added, without mentioning if these deliveries were exports or aid.

Three ships loaded with 350 tonnes of food were also set to leave an Iranian port for Qatar, the Tasnim news agency quoted a local official as saying. The port of Dayyer is Iran’s closest port to Qatar.

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”.

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Iran has urged Qatar and neighbouring Gulf countries to engage in dialogue to resolve their dispute. The Islamic republic has also opened its airspace to about 100 more Qatari flights a day, after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates banned Qatari planes from their airpace. The new flights have increased Iranian air traffic by 17 percent, the official state news agency has reported.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Saleem
    Jun 11, 2017 - 1:44PM

    All power to Iran and Turkey for supporting Qatar against the real terroristsRecommend

  • Aware Citizen
    Jun 11, 2017 - 1:55PM

    Great work! in holy month of Ramadan.Recommend

  • Malangi
    Jun 11, 2017 - 2:19PM

    There you go! at least someone; well done Iran Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jun 11, 2017 - 8:02PM

    Iran is the most gutsy country in the Muslim world . they dont need any one and least of all Uncle Sam to survive . Recommend

  • Practical
    Jun 12, 2017 - 1:22PM

    This is moving in the direction of United Saudi Arabia.Recommend

  • Farru
    Jun 12, 2017 - 4:06PM

    A friend in need is the friend indeed. Recommend

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