Qatar crisis - beginning of fight for hegemony, says expert

Other Arab countries have since followed suit.

He said he was not seeing a big impact on Qatar Airways, and that an average of 10-15 devices were being handed in per flight.

Tellingly, activists on social media are circulating a legal opinion (fatwa) by late Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Baz, in which the former Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia backed the Muslim Brotherhood.

Qatar Airways released startlingly positive numbers for its fiscal year and also addressed the recent blockade of air space and operations into Saudi Arabia and elsewhere as announced on June 1.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qasimi, said Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hussein Gabri Ansari, paid a short visit to Qatar where he met with Qatari officials and exchanged views on bilateral relations and global issues. The dispute has opened a rift among some of the main USA allies in the Middle East, with President Donald Trump backing tough measures against Qatar even as his State Department and Defense Department have sought to remain neutral.

Qatar denies all accusations that it is a supporter of terrorism, describing moves to isolate it by its fellow Arab countries as "unjustified".

Prior to the diplomatic row, Qatari nationals could travel visa-free between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain.

"Qatar's actions have been deeply detrimental to the cause of Middle East peace", the group's founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, wrote in a letter to President Trump, calling the Gulf nation "among the worst offenders" in the region.

It has also increased food supplies to Qatar after the emirate's land border was closed.

Turkey has said it would deploy 3,000 ground troops at the base, primarily to serve as a venue for joint exercises.

He called for Western nations including the United States, France, Germany and Britain to help monitor any agreement reached with Qatar to ensure they are not cooperating with jihadists. "This will also be a trial run for our ability no one else has to draw out tens of millions of people on an issue", he said. U.S. warplanes from Udaid fly missions against ISIS insurgents, into Afghanistan, and to Libya.

Al Baker said Qatar Airways still wanted to buy a stake in Italian carrier Meridiana, though there were "a few things to iron out".