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12 June 2017, 07:50 | Cynthia Sparks
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"Every day we will export 100 tonnes of fruits and vegetables to Qatar", Ali Hemmati said.
Morocco, a close ally of the Gulf countries, said on Sunday it would remain neutral and offered to facilitate dialogue. The standoff has led to food shortages and stockpiling in the energy-rich country, which relies heavily on imports.
"Iran Air has so far transported food and vegetables with four flights to Qatar", Shahrokh Noushabadi was also quoted as saying by Fars News Agency on Saturday.
On Sunday, Kuwait's state-owned news agency, KUNA, publicized a statement attributed to the Kuwaiti foreign minister which said, "Kuwait affirms the readiness of the brothers in Qatar to understand the reality of their brothers and to heed the noble endeavors to enhance security and stability".
A statement carried on state media said Doha would "not take any measures against residents of Qatar who hold the nationalities of countries that severed diplomatic ties or lowered diplomatic representations with the state of Qatar, on the back of hostile and tendentious campaigns against the country".
Almost a week after Saudi Arabia and several of its allies severed ties with Qatar in an unprecedented Gulf diplomatic crisis, there were no signs of the bitter dispute being resolved.
Kuwait, which has retained ties with Qatar and has often acted as a mediator in regional disputes, said it wanted to resolve the dispute "within the unified Gulf house".
The decision will come as a relief to the more than 11,000 people from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain living in Qatar.
Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Bahrain and Egypt last week cut diplomatic relations and transport links with Qatar, saying the country must distance itself from Iran and stop funding Islamist groups, plunging the region into its biggest crisis in decades.
Among the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, Kuwait and Oman did not join the anti-Qatar blockade and the Kuwaiti leadership has been communicating with all parties of the crisis to reach a solution.
Qatar's National Human Rights Committee dismissed the Saudi initiative to assist the families who face the prospect of being split up through deportation and expulsion as a "face-saving" exercise.
"The siege of Qatar is not only a gross violation of the rights of Gulf citizens (both Qatari and non-Qatari), but also the rights of expat residents in the State of Qatar", the NHRC said in the statement.
There are 2,349 Bahrainis and 784 Emiratis in the country.
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