Qatar begins shipping cargo through Oman to bypass Gulf rift

Saudi Arabia and the UAE exempt Qatari spouses caught in GCC crisis

Saudi Arabia's Flynas has waded into the kingdom's row with Qatar, making a pitch to poach Saudi staff working for the much larger Qatar Airways.

Flynas tweeted that it seeks not only pilots but also sales, security, maintenance and other personnel.

Amid the sanction from neighbouring countries Qatar today said that it could easily defend its economy and currency.

The gas-rich country has denied the allegations.

Saudi carrier flynas, looking to expand in a growing domestic market, in January signed an $8.6-billion (7.6-billion-euro) deal with European manufacturer Airbus to buy 80 A320neo single-aisle jets. The cost of these investments is likely to increase because material can no longer come across the land border with Saudi Arabia, he said. "I hope so", UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash wrote on Twitter in reaction to Kuwait saying Qatar was ready to listen to the grievances.

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

The four countries have also granted Qatari nationals two weeks to repatriate and barred Qataris from transiting through their airports.

Macron's office says that the French leader called for a de-escalation of tensions, and stressed the importance of regional stability and joining forces to fight terrorism.

Dubai's massive Jebel Ali Port and Abu Dhabi Terminals also said they would not grant access to other vessels travelling to and from Qatar.

Qatar's port authority published video showing a container ship loaded down with cargo arriving at Doha's Hamad Port from Oman's port of Sohar to a water-cannon welcome.

Since diplomatic, transport and trade ties to Qatar were cut last week, a number of figures linked to Al Qaeda and sanctioned by the United Nations and U.S. as terror supporters have offered their support to Doha. Global shipper Maersk already has said it will begin using Salalah for its shipments to Qatar.

In a sign Gulf states were seeking to lessen the human impact of their June 5 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.

Meanwhile, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency has said two Iranian navy vessels will stop off in Oman soon as part of an anti-piracy patrol.