Qatar will not negotiate with Arab states that have cut economic and travel ties with it unless they reverse their measures, its foreign minister said, ruling out discussions over Qatar's internal affairs including Al Jazeera TV.
"We have to make it very clear for everyone, negotiations must be done in a civilised way and should have a solid basis and not under pressure or under blockade", he told reporters in Doha.
The sanctions have disrupted its main routes to import goods by land from Saudi Arabia and by sea from big container ships docked in the United Arab Emirates.
He said that despite the row, the Gulf nations had pledged to allow the massive USA base in Qatar, where 10,000 American soldiers are based, to function normally.
The Islamic republic has also opened its airspace to about 100 more Qatari flights a day, after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates banned Qatari planes from their airpace.
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The group has held their first training at Tariq bin Ziyad military base on Sunday, the Qatari Defense Ministry said according to Al Jazeera and the Gulf Times.
The Qatar Financial Centre, which administers special rules for foreign-owned companies operating in Qatar, said it has no plans to take any action against Saudi Arabian, Emirati or Bahraini firms in response to their governments' sanctions against Doha.
Yousuf Mohamed al-Jaida, chief executive of the Qatar Financial Centre, said the majority of the contracts at risk - some $1.5 billion (1.3 billion euros) - were in the area of construction.
Al-Abadi has said that his government will not take sides in the dispute. On June 7, Turkey's Parliament approved the deployment of troops to a Turkish military base in Qatar.
Fatih Kaya, head of the Public Special Operations Association, expressed strong condemnation of the charges directed at by the blockade countries.
US President Donald Trump's recent visit to Riyadh and efforts at bolstering US relations with Saudi Arab and Egypt to put a common front against Iran and radical Islamist groups has been seen by some analysts as contributing to the recent political developments in the Gulf.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also launched a diplomatic push Friday to mediate the crisis, by holding a teleconference with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and the Qatari emir.