11.30am: Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is travelling to Saudi Arabia today in a bid to foster regional reconciliation.
Mr al-abadi hopes to promote reconciliation between the Sunni Muslim kingdom and majority Shi’ite Iraq, and also to help heal divisions between Iraq’s Shi’ites and its Sunni Muslim minority.
He had been due to visit Riyadh last week, but postponed the trip to avoid appearing to take sides in the Saudi-Qatar row.
9.30am: Turkish troops have taken part in a joint military exercise in Qatar, military sources have reported.
The exercise was reportedly planned before the Gulf crisis began and involved Turkish units that were already present in Qatar.
Qatar-based Al Jazeera reported that Turkish soldiers had arrived in Qatar on Sunday, but military sources told Reuters that no new troops arrived.
The drill comes after US and Qatari naval forces held a three-day military exercise last week.
9.00am: Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani, director of Qatar government’s communications office, last night spoke about the “real” humanitarian impact of the Saudi-led blockade on Qatar.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and several other countries have cut diplomatic ties with Doha and have imposed a land, sea and air embargo.
Mr Al Thani said: “The social-fabric of [the] GCC population is being torn apart for political reasons and we will not allow ourselves to be a party to this injustice.”
Qatar has been accused of funding terrorism, a charge it denies. Mr Al Thani accused the Gulf bloc of “using terrorism as a publicity stunt”.
Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) said that it has received more than 100 complaints a day by people affected by the ongoing embargo.
“In the first week we had 700 complaints. In the last four or five days the numbers have risen significantly,” NHRC’s Saad al-Abdulla told Al Jazeera.
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