Qatar Airways CEO sees no need for Boeing mid-market jet

Qatar would not negotiate with its neighbors as long as it faced a "blockade", Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdel-Rahman al-Thani said.

Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) is planning to use capacity freed up by the loss of access to markets in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to accelerate its worldwide expansion plans.

Doha denied allegations over its support to terrorism and extremism adding that the diplomatic rift was based on "baseless fabricated claims". "We have been talking to them since the crisis started", he said.

"Qatar's actions have been deeply detrimental to the cause of Middle East peace", the group's founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, wrote in a letter to President Trump, calling the Gulf nation "among the worst offenders" in the region.

Gargash, who was in Paris as part of efforts to lobby European allies to put pressure on Doha, said he believed that when Qatar did back down, there would be a need to monitor its activities in the region, something Western powers could undertake.

"We have had a lot of cancellations, especially to the four countries that did this illegal blockade, but we have found new markets and this is our growth strategy", he said, adding Qatar was not the only country affected by the crisis.

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"There must be some people who are wise in Qatar and who will prevail, hopefully within the ruling family", Gargash said. Two days after the sanctions were imposed, its parliament fast-tracked legislation to allow more troops to be deployed to Qatar, where about 90 Turkish soldiers are stationed under a 2014 agreement.

"They don't want Qatar to have an independent foreign policy".

"The Qatari crisis for Turkey is a crisis between fraternal states", he said.

"Qatar is home to one of the largest and most important United States military bases in the Mideast, al-Udaid, where 10,000 U.S. servicemen are stationed".

Thousands of Qataris have been unable to board flights to the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and cut off from relatives in those countries.

Later, a number of other countries also announced about severing diplomatic relations with Qatar. The three Gulf states and Egypt blocked access to Qatar's Al-Jazeera satellite news channel and other Qatari news websites.

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