20 Jun 2017 - 21:31
Qatar National Bank (QNB) said it expects to meet its earnings targets as the ongoing Saudi-led campaign to isolate the gas-rich Arab state has minimal impact on its operations.
22 Jun 2017 - 13:16
IZMIR, Turkey: A ship carrying 4,000 tonnes of food for Qatar left Turkey early on Thursday, marking a change in how essential supplies are being sent to Doha.
The vessel, carrying dry food, fruits and vegetables, departed Izmir in western Turkey. It should arrive in 10 days.
Turkey has already sent over 100 planes with food and other products for Qatar but this is the first time a cargo ship has embarked on the voyage to Doha.
Ipek Demirci, chief executive of the logistics company behind the shipment, told Anadolu Agency that her firm was preparing to send a second ship in the coming days.
So far, 105 cargo planes from Turkey have carried food to Qatar, Ankara’s economy minister, Nihat Zeybekci, said on Wednesday.
On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), Bahrain and Yemen abruptly cut diplomatic relations with Qatar and closed the land border.
Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. and Bahrain also closed their airspace to Qatari aircraft.
Meanwhile the Ambassador of Turkey to Qatar, Fikret Ozer, has said that with his country’s support, Qatar would not face any kind of shortage of any type of goods in future and Turkey would also supply construction materials for ongoing FIFA 2022 related or other mega projects.
“After some time, if Qatar needs construction material for ongoing FIFA2022 or other mega projects, Turkey will also meet these needs and can supply quality material,” he said, adding that Turkey would always stand with Qatar to provide every kind of assistance.