Qatar row: Saudi, Egypt to cut Doha links

On Monday, the Saudis got the go-ahead for a $750 million contract to train their air force, working with a variety of USA contracted firms.

In a speech to his ruling party's legislators Tuesday, Binali Yildirim also said that the nations should not allow "unfounded news reports" to tarnish relations.

"He received a call from the emir of Kuwait asking him to postpone it in order to give time to solve the crisis", Sheikh Mohammed said.

"His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah urged Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to exercise self-restraint and refrain from steps that would escalate the situation".

Soccer's governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association said it remained in regular contact with Qatar, which will host the 2022 World Cup. But current events might challenge those notions, Ulrichsen said. "We are surprised that at such a time, a GCC country is being attacked by other GCC countries".

Nasser Al-Khater, a senior figure with Qatar's World Cup organising body, recently claimed that up to 1.3 million fans would visit Doha in 2022, the majority from the Gulf and "mainly from Saudi Arabia".

He added that the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim "directed us to have a strategic program" for Qatar so that it is not affected by any measures that might be taken by regional countries and to "work to be self-reliant in providing basic resources so that life would go by normally for citizens and residents".

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will be operating special flights to Doha to bring back stranded Pakistani pilgrims in the wake of the ongoing diplomatic rift in the Gulf.

As it cut ties on Monday, Saudi Arabia charged that Qatar was embracing "various terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at destabilising the region", including the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and armed groups supported by Iran in the kingdom's restive east.

"Our relationship with the United States is strategic", said Abdul Rahman.

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