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Breaking sanctions, Iran will send 100 tonnes of food to Qatar everyday

Iran and Turkey have been coordinating food and water shipments to the beseiged country, which used to import most of it's produce and drinking water from Saudi Arabia
Customers are seen shopping at Al Meera market in Doha, Qatar on June 9, 2017 [Mohamed Farag / Anadolu Agency]
Customers are seen shopping at Al Meera market in Doha, Qatar on 9 June 2017 [Mohamed Farag / Anadolu Agency]

Iran has sent four cargo planes of food to Qatar and plans to provide 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetable every day, Iranian officials said, amid concerns of shortages after Qatar’s biggest suppliers severed ties with the import-dependent country.

Qatar has been in talks with Iran and Turkey to secure food and water supplies after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut links, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. Qatar says the allegations are based on lies.

“Following the sanctions…on Qatar, IranAir has so far transported food and vegetables to this country by four flights,” Shahrokh Noushabadi, the head of public relations at Iran’s national airline was quoted as saying by Fars news agency on Saturday.

Read: Islamic institutions divided over Qatar blockade 

The head of the industries, business and trade organisation in the Fars province was also quoted by the Tasnim news agency as saying on Sunday the first planes carrying food to Qatar had flown from the southern city of Shiraz. Ali Hemmati said:

Every day we will export 100 tonnes of fruits and vegetables to Qatar

Qatar, a small peninsular nation of 2.5 million people, was importing 80 percent of its food requirements from bigger Gulf Arab neighbours before they cut ties with it.

Iran, long at odds with Saudi Arabia and a behind-the-scenes target of the move, has called for the sides to overcome their differences.

Read: Iranian FM heads to Turkey to discuss ‘worrying developments’

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