Qatar Airways profits hit $540 million before Gulf crisis

Qatar says Gulf citizens can stay despite crisis

Qatar says Gulf citizens can stay despite crisis

Rights groups say families are being split apart, and some Qataris had to halt pilgrimages to Mecca during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Additionally, Qatar Airways is now using longer routes to its European and North American destinations, including direct flights to the world's busiest global airport in Atlanta, after Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt barred Qatari flights from their airspace.

Qatar, a small peninsular nation of 2.5 million people, was importing 80 percent of its food requirements from bigger Gulf Arab neighbors before they cut ties with it.

In his latest message supportive of the Saudi-led move, President Donald Trump on Friday said he backed the isolation of Qatar, saying Doha has historically "been a funder of terrorism at a very high level" and that has to stop.

Gas has helped transform the tiny emirate into one of the world's richest countries, fueling its rise into a major regional player and helping fund huge infrastructure projects such as the 2022 football World Cup, which Qatar will host.

Saudi Arabia has sealed Qatar's only land border, through which it had imported most of its food. But when it comes to terrorism and the most extreme versions of Islam, Saudi Arabia has a far worse track record than Iran.

Qatar's Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities (RACA) condemned the accusations in a statement, adding it would take legal action to protect the humanitarian work charities in Qatar do.

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In separate statements Saturday, they lauded Trump for his supportive stance.

Rights group Amnesty International says thousands of Gulf residents are now caught up in the dispute.

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said his country would not abandon mediation efforts until the impasse was resolved, the state-run KUNA news agency reported.

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed efforts to "counter terrorism and extremism" in a telephone call with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday, state news agency SPA said.

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain also set up similar services on Sunday. He said 90 tons of vegetables already have been sent and that the flights "will be continued based on demand".

The Qatari Ministry of Interior announced this week that nationals from countries that cut diplomatic ties with Qatar are free to remain in the country; this is provided they stay in line with existing regulations, according to a statement carried by Qatari state news agency QNA on Saturday. He also risks losing his job. "Can there be such nonsense?" he also said.

"There can be no justification for tearing families apart, suppressing peaceful expression, and leaving migrant workers abandoned and at risk", said Lynch.

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