While Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates(UAE), Egypt and Bahrain continue their diplomatic punishment of fellow brother Qatar, Iran and Turkey have bolstered relations with the isolated gulf state in order to avert security concerns and food shortages.
After Saudi Arabia initiated the action against Qatar accusing it of state terrorism sponsorship - an accusation, which has also been leveled against Saudi Arabia ever since the disclosure that 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers in the United States(US), were Saudi citizens, the Kingdom has closed its land border with Qatar that funneled 40 percent of Qatar's food.
However, in light of food shortages suffered in Qatar as a direct result of the Saudi action, Iran has already sent five plane-loads of perishable food items such as fruits and vegetables to Qatar, the BBC-News reported this morning. Another plane carrying food supplies is also to be sent today, Iran Air's spokesman, Shahrokh Noushabado, told the BBC. He reported that deliveries would continue "as long as there is demand".
Iran has also opened its airspace to flights from Qatar ever since Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE closed their areas to Qatari flights last week. In the mean time, Turkey has also announced that it was increasing troop numbers in Qatar since the diplomatic split ensued.
In an encouraging sign to ending the diplomatic dispute, the BBC-News has reported that Kuwait, which is acting as a mediator between the nations, has announced that Qatar was ready "to understand the reality of the qualms and concerns of their brothers and to heed the noble endeavors to enhance security and stability."
Yet, could the gulf region suffer another split: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain on one side and Qatar, Iran and Turkey on the other?