Iran sends five planes of food to Qatar, another to be sent today

"We will continue deliveries as long as there is demand" from Qatar, Noushabadi added, without mentioning if these deliveries were exports or aid.

By: AFP | Tehran | Updated: June 11, 2017 4:53 pm
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Iran has sent five planes of food to Qatar, Iran’s national carrier told on Sunday, days after Gulf countries cut off air and other transport links to the emirate. “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 spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi told AFP. “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.

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 per cent, the official state news agency has reported.

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    Vishwanath Singh
    Jun 11, 2017 at 5:15 pm
    Iran sends five planes of food to Qatar, another to be sent today: Iran is doing a good job,the radicalized nationals are trying to destabilize this small nation.
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      Shyamal Ganguly
      Jun 11, 2017 at 9:23 pm
      I am confused. Saudi enemy is Iran's friend - is that it? Then ISIS is a friend of Saudi. Because ISIS bombed Iran's parliament. I think, when I am confused.
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        Trupti Dongargaonkar
        Jun 12, 2017 at 4:52 am
        coalition on emirs from UAE and Qatar fund ISIS that follows Wahabism -an extremist ideology of UAE. ISIS has nothing to do with Qatar blockade. The blockade is due to OPEC. Qatar wants to increase oil production which is causing oil prices to fall. this is UAE's tactic to get Qatar in line. USA is trying to put a propa a that this is to curb ISIS and corner Iran so that it is isolated and weak, that it cannot be an enemy to Israel and weaken Palestine claim. USA is not interested in eliminating ISIS. They want Syria to do that so that they can have "strongman" govt in the middle east again