Qatar Airways CEO: blockade will leave lasting wound

Posted June 21, 2017

The minister said that while Qatar's rivals were "betting on time", a solution could not be brokered until it abandoned its support for "extremist Islamists".

"The sky, there should be no borders up here", a voice says at the start of the video over a blue sky and clouds.

"We have a very strong partnership with the U.S. We are partners together in the global coalition of countering terrorism".

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Qatar on June 5, officially accusing Doha of supporting "terrorism" and destabilizing the region.

The dispute leaves Qatar Airways banned from 18 regional destinations and forces it to take detours to avoid its neighbors' airspaces.

Thousands of Qataris have been unable to board flights to the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and cut off from relatives in those countries.

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Speaking on Monday at the Paris Air Show, Akbar Al Baker told The Associated Press news agency: "People will not forget". "We are continuing our aircraft deliveries at the same pace as we are contractually obligated to do", he said, adding Qatar was in talks to add more freighter capacity. "Their offices at the airport have their signage, their lounge is being built at Hammad International Airport [in Doha] by the contractor, we never ever stopped anybody because we do not - Qatar will always act within its legal framework". Still, he has also said the airline will continue with its expansion plans, including adding 24 destinations.

Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) Vice President (Marketing) Randy Tinseth told Reuters that despite the crisis, the USA manufacturer has not yet seen any "significant" changes to its Middle Eastern customers' order books. Some have gone viral on social media, using humor to get their messages across.

Media across much of the Gulf has been critical of Qatar over the past month, carrying articles alleging it has conspired with dissidents to destabilize neighboring governments.

"A ship carrying 4,000 tons of aid is going to [Qatar] right now and then another ship carrying 11 tons of aid will also go", Nihat Zeybekci said during an iftar event in Istanbul. "Travel goes beyond borders and prejudice".

Tough remarks by UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on Monday made clear that the countries seeking to isolate Qatar have no intention of backing down soon.

- Jon Ostrower contributed reporting.

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