UK urges Gulf states to ease blockade against Qatar

A map showing the countries which have severed diplomatic relations with Qatar

Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions in the region continued.

Dujarric said the secretary-general was encouraging diplomacy "to address concerns and is ready to support such efforts, if desired by all parties".

Qatar's normally bustling border with Saudi Arabia was deserted on Monday.

The tiny, oil- and gas-rich Gulf emirate is dependent on imports by land and sea for the basic needs of its population of 2.7 million.

Both Saudi and Qatari officials appear to be seeking support from Ethiopia. Foreign Minister Anwar Garghash said on Twitter on Monday, in an apparent response to the comments from Qatari officials.

"(The U.S.) should be the leader trying to break this blockade and not sitting and watching what's going on and putting fuel on (the) fire", he said.

According to Al Baker, the blockade is having a direct effect on Qatar Airways' profitable ancillary businesses.

"I call on all states to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation and to find a rapid resolution through mediation".

Turkey and Iran have promised Qatar food supplies and troops.

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Speaking amid a tour of European capitals to gauge support among Doha's traditional allies, Sheikh Mohammed said there was "no proof" to accusations that his country financed terrorist groups, supported the Muslim Brotherhood and the Palestinian group Hamas and had close ties with Iran.

Qatar's sovereign wealth fund has major stakes in top Western companies such as Credit Suisse CSGN.S. The scale and economic importance of the airline's UAE operation are not far behind that of Saudi Arabia.

For Qatar Airways, this means the airline will have to go through the expensive process of rerouting its Africa-bound flights to avoid the Arabian Peninsula.

Iran's Foreign Ministry has urged the Arab nations who have cut ties to Qatar to negotiate an end to the crisis.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said Monday the two sides should resolve their differences through negotiations. Qatar has called those charges baseless.

"I don't think it is something we are worrying about too much". Qatar denies sponsoring terrorism and accuses the Saudis of seeking to dominate smaller neighbors.

Qatar's financial markets stabilized on Monday after a week of losses as the government showed it had ways to keep the economy running in the face of sanctions by other Gulf states.

On June 5, the countries cut diplomatic ties to Qatar and ordered all Qataris out within 14 days.

Maersk Line immediately said it would accept new bookings for feeder shipments from Oman, with the first vessel scheduled to depart Salalah on 19 June and arrive in Doha on 25 June.

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