Qatar's ties with Iran and Islamist groups

The NHRC said the siege of Qatar constitutes global human rights crime and 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 Qatar.

Iran has sent five planeloads of food to Qatar, which is suffering shortages amid a regional blockade.

Iran also announced it had sent tonnes of vegetables to Qatar, which has seen food imports threatened after its neighbors cut air, sea and land links with the country.

During the one-day visit, the premier will hold discussions with senior officials of the kingdom on the ongoing crisis involving Qatar and Saudi Arabia and other Arab states.

Qatar yesterday moved to avoid an escalation of the feud, telling citizens of its Gulf neighbours that they are welcome to stay.

In a sign Gulf states were seeking to lessen the human impact of their 5 June severing of ties, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE said on Sunday they had set up hotlines to help families with Qatari members, without elaborating.

Last Monday, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut off all diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorist organizations and destabilizing the situation in the Middle East.

Morocco, a close ally of the Gulf countries, said on Sunday it would remain neutral and offered to facilitate dialogue.

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 tiny gas-rich emirate is at the centre of the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the Gulf in many years.

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

Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino on Sunday said he was confident the crisis posed no threat to the 2022 World Cup.

US President Donald Trump at first offered to host Qatar and its adversaries - all US allies - at the White House, but on Friday said Qatar has been a high-level sponsor of terrorism and backed the Gulf pressure.

A previous mediation effort by Kuwait in which the Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah shuttled between Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha, failed to achieve an immediate breakthrough.

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