Morocco to send food products to Qatar after Gulf states cut ties

Morocco has decided to send airplanes loaded with food products to Qatar, according to the country’s foreign ministry statement.

Qatar, which imported 80 percent of its food from bigger Gulf Arab neighbors before the diplomatic shutdown, has also been talking to Iran and Turkey to secure food and water.

“This decision was made in conformity with Islamic precepts that call for solidarity and mutual aid between Muslim people, notably during this holy month of Ramadan,” the Moroccan foreign ministry statement said on Monday.

The document said King Mohammed VI instructed the government to do so “in accordance with our Islamic teachings especially in the holy month of Ramadan”.

It stressed that the move was not connected to the Gulf crisis.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain accuse Qatar of supporting militants – an allegation dismissed by Doha.

On Sunday, Morocco said it would remain neutral in the dispute, offering to mediate between the Gulf countries, which are all close allies to the North African kingdom.

Qatar’s finance minister said on Monday the world’s richest country per capita has the resources to endure and played down the economic toll of the confrontation.

 

Source: Reuters

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