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Qatar to buy $12 billion worth of fighter jets from the US

The Qatari foreign ministry said Saudi Arabia’s offer to provide food and medical assistance to Qatar confirms that the closure of transport links “is a siege, not a boycott, and reflects the clear contradiction in statements by officials of those countries”. Several states in the region have followed the historical move.United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres spoke to Kuwait’s deputy prime minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah on Wednesday and expressed “full support for Kuwait’s efforts to de-escalate tensions and to promote effective dialogue” to resolve the crisis, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.At least six of the people on the Arab states blacklist are already named on the U.N. Security Council al Qaeda and Islamic State sanctions list, which subjects them to a global asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has criticised the measures imposed on Qatar, saying in Baghdad on Tuesday they were hurting the emirate’s people, not its rulers.According to a United Nations monitoring group, Qatar had said around 200 troops were stationed there.”This blockade is unprecedented and it is in direct contradiction to the convention that guarantees rights to civil overflight”, Al Baker said in a June 14 statement.He also met with Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Monday and was scheduled to meet the foreign minister of the U.A.E. for dinner Wednesday night, according to Bloomberg.”With regards to the United Nations, Egypt is moving forward without a doubt and I can not clarify more than that”, he said. “The blockade is hindering United States military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS”, Tillerson said, without providing details.Earlier this month, the neighbouring countries of Qatar have abruptly ended their diplomatic relationship with the small Gulf state. “Saudi and the UAE are Qatar Airways’ two single largest markets – bigger than even India”, CAPA said in a report last week.These policies helped the region’s largest airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, to develop their home airports as hubs linking passengers travelling between the east and west.The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority said it was fully committed to the Chicago Convention but reserved the sovereign right under worldwide law to take any precautionary measures to protect its national security if necessary, UAE state news agency WAM said.