Erdogan's comments marked the strongest intervention yet by a powerful regional ally of Doha eight days after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar and imposed stringent economic sanctions on it. Sheikh Hamad used revenue from the natural gas to pursue a diplomatic path away from Saudi Arabia, long the heavyweight among Gulf countries. "We must concentrate on these families who are apart now", he said, referring to the Gulf Cooperation Council, founded in 1981, which includes Qatar and its neighbours. The president has previously spoken by phone with the leaders of Qatar, Russia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in a bid to ease the row. They have accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region. "If we're going to lose a dollar, they will lose a dollar also".
Meanwhile, Qatar has hired George Bush era's attorney general, John Ashcroft, for 'crisis response.' Ashcroft is one of the War on Terror's legal heavyweights to advise the country on worldwide counter-terrorism finance laws.
On Sunday Qatar Airways reported a 21.7% rise in net profit in its last financial year that ended in March, fuelled by a strategy of investment and expansion.
The Saudi cabinet expressed satisfaction on Qatar-related decisions. Turkish food supplies can reportedly be found in most of the supermarkets across Qatar.
Accompanied by Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, and Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, the premier held meeting with Saudi King Shah Salman bin Abdul Aziz at the Jeddah Royal Palace to discuss the crisis engulfing the Middle East.
Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi tells reporters in a weekly news conference: "These countries should try to settle their differences at the negotiating table in a positive and comprehensive process". Qatar has denied those charges. Other nations also operate forces out of Qatar.
Typically, cargo for Qatar stops at Dubai's massive deep-water Jebel Ali port, then gets put on smaller boats heading to Doha.
Qatar yesterday announced it had launched direct shipping services to ports in Oman, a move that bypasses a Gulf "blockade" on a country largely dependent on food imports.
He also criticised Saudi Arabia and the UAE for shutting down the airline's offices.