Qatar tells Gulf residents they are free to stay

Gulf nations may let some Qataris stay amid diplomatic rift

After cutting diplomatic ties, Gulf states announce hotlines for mixed Qatari families

Five Iranian planes filled with food have landed at Doha airport as the blockade against Qatar by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries starts to bite.

Saudi Arabia and allies including the UAE and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, severing air, sea and land links.

On Sunday, Kuwait's state-owned news agency, KUNA, publicized a statement attributed to the Kuwaiti foreign minister which said, "Kuwait affirms the readiness of the brothers in Qatar to understand the reality of their brothers and to heed the noble endeavors to enhance security and stability".

"If the parties wish so, Morocco is ready to offer its good offices conducive to a calm, franc and comprehensive dialog on the basis of non-interference in domestic affairs, the fight against religious extremism, clarity in positions and loyalty in commitments", the statement said.

Bahraini foreign minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa said Saturday that he notified the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the updates on the Gulf crisis and the Qatari policies that caused the crisis, Turkish media reported.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi praised U.S. president Donald Trump Saturday for his efforts on tackling terrorism and his role in "the formation of a united front to combat terrorism". Qatar says the allegations are based on lies.

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Qatar's official overseer of charities denied on Sunday that philanthropic groups in the country backed terrorism, saying it deplored the accusation.

Qatar's National Human Rights Committee has dismissed a move by three Gulf Arab states, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, to assist mixed-citizenship families who face the prospect of being split up, as "little more than a face-saving" exercise.

But it was importing 80 percent of its food from bigger Gulf Arab neighbours before they cut ties and is now in talks with Iran and Turkey to secure food and water supplies.

"Every day we will export 100 tonnes of fruits and vegetables to Qatar", Ali Hemmati said.

Mohammed al-Sada said in a statement: "circumstances in the region shall not prevent the state of Qatar from honouring its worldwide commitment of cutting its oil production".

The decision will come as a relief to the more than 11,000 people from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain living in Qatar.

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