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Qatar Ignores Gulf Requests, Stresses Adherence to Kuwait Mediation

Qatar Ignores Gulf Requests, Stresses Adherence to Kuwait Mediation

A statement issued by the Foreign Office termed the reports appearing in some foreign media outlets about the deployment of Pakistani troops in Qatar as "completely fabricated and baseless".

"It is hard for us, the generation that built the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) 37 years ago, to see these disagreements between its members, which may lead to undesirable consequences", he stated, as quoted by Kuwait's news agency KUNA.

On Sunday, the Moroccan king called on all parties to the Arab diplomatic Gulf crisis to "exercise restraint" and "show wisdom with a view to easing tensions and resolving the crisis".

He noted during the press conference that allegations over Qatar's support to the Muslim Brotherhood were "false". "It's hard to conduct negotiations if you don't really know what everybody wants".

Turkey last week approved plans to deploy more troops to a military base it has established in Qatar under a 2014 agreement with the Gulf Arab state.

Qatar's foreign minister told state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera on Monday that his country and the United States both remained in touch with the emir of Kuwait who is leading mediation efforts on the Gulf's week-long diplomatic crisis. Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Erdogan would hold talks on the crisis with Trump in the coming days.

Qatar is home to a vital United States military outpost, the Al-Udeid Air Base, which houses 10,000 troops. The move was seen as support by regional power and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey to Doha.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Monday on a one-day visit to help resolve the Gulf crisis. The Kremlin said the dispute was not helping to unite efforts to try to find a Syria settlement or fight terrorism.

Morocco is thus the second country after Iran to send planes loaded with foodstuff to the Qatari people after supermarkets were swamped following the decision to ban all kinds of commercial traffic with Qatar.

So far, the measures against Qatar do not seem to have caused serious shortages of supplies in shops.

Migrant laborers make up 90 percent of Qatar's population, mostly unskilled and dependent on construction projects such as building stadiums for the 2022 soccer World Cup.