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Qatar – Gulf Crisis: Iran sends five planes & three ships loaded with 350 tonnes of food

Qatar – Gulf Crisis: Iran sends five planes & three ships loaded with 350 tonnes of food
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‘Iran has also opened its airspace to about 100 more Qatari flights a day’

Tehran: Five planes of food have been sent to Qatar from Iran, Iran’s national carrier told on Sunday.

“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 said.

“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 are 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.

Accusing Qatar’s alleged links with terrorism, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, plus Egypt and Yemen cut all the ties with the it on Monday.

Meanwhile, Iran has urged Qatar and neighbouring Gulf countries to engage in dialogue to resolve their dispute.

Following Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates’ ban of Qatari planes, Iran has opened its airspace to about 100 more Qatari flights a day which has increased Iranian air traffic by 17 per cent, the official state news agency has reported.