Iran Offers Qatar Food Shipments By Sea As Yehudi Arabia Decides To Stop Food Trucks at Border During Holy Month Of Ramadan

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HAARETZ – Trucks carrying food for Qatar are now lining up across the border in Saudi Arabia, unable to enter the country amid a diplomatic row between it and Arab nations, Al Jazeera has reported. Qatar relies on food trucked in from Saudi Arabia across its sole land border.

Saudi Arabia announced Monday it would close its land border to Qatar, part of it cutting diplomatic ties to the country along with Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, who accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism.

Doha News, a local news website in Qatar, reported some citizens and residents of the energy rich country already had begun swarming grocery stores. It said some stores had begun seeing their shelves empty over fears that the crisis could see groceries run out of products.

“Customers could be seen piling their carts high with supplies of milk, water, rice and eggs at several popular grocery stores today,” Doha News reported.

One Doha journalist, Zab Mustefa, tweeted a picture of a number of empty supermarket shelves on Monday, apparently as a result of the border closure.

Meanwhile, an Iranian official says his country can export food to Qatar by sea, as Saudi Arabia and three other nations move to isolate the gas-rich nation.

The semi-official Fars news agency quoted Reza Nourani, chairman of the union of exporters of agricultural products, as saying Monday that food shipments sent from Iran can reach Qatar in 12 hours.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are regional rivals who back opposing sides in the wars in Syria and Yemen.

A diplomatic rift between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors may cost the countries involved billions of dollars by slowing trade and investment and making it more expensive for the region to borrow money as it grapples with low oil prices.

  1. #1 by Mustacq Abdullah on 06/05/2017 - 9:34

    Just one summit meeting with the US sends the region into disaster. The old adage of divide and rule is at play here and the desert roaming hillbillies who call themselves “kings” are in a tailspin.

  2. #2 by rehmat1 on 06/06/2017 - 9:34

    Craig Murray, writer, author and former British ambassador to Uzbekistan who spoke at Doha Forum last year commented on June 5, 2017: “What is really behind this blockade against Qatar is an attack on another aspect of its liberalism. Qatar is unenthusiastic about the USA-Israel-Saudi de facto alliance, which has already been in evidence for a couple of years, and which the Trump mission to the Middle East looked to turbocharge. Qatar refused to endorse the overthrow of Egypt’s democratically elected President by the CIA-backed military coup of General Sisi. Qatar also has deep reservations about the Saudi Wahhabist mission to spread sectarian war against the Shia across the Middle East. Qatar further deserves praise because the plight of the Palestinians is a far higher priority for Doha than it is for Riyadh. The Saudis have no problem with selling out the Palestinians completely to secure their own standing with the Western elites and further their rivalry with Iran.”

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