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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday joined worldwide calls to resolve tensions between Qatar and other Gulf Arab states, and said he was ready to support any diplomatic efforts "if desired by all parties". The Qatari Foreign Ministry said in a statement the two held talks on how "restore the normal relations" of the Gulf as the 2022 FIFA World Cup host and global air travel hub now finds itself isolated by land, sea and air.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties and land, sea and air links to Qatar on Monday over its support for Islamist groups and refusal to fully support their regional policies.

US President Donald Trump offered to help resolve the crisis on Wednesday after UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash indicated the emirates could impost further economic curbs.

Qatar denied the accusations, calling the move "unjustified".

According to a report from Reuters, Qatar is going to suffer higher selling costs to markets in Asia and Europe as the efforts from the United Arab Emirates have re-imposed a port ban on the oil tankers linked to the advanced Arab state.

Turkey is a key ally of Qatar and is setting up a military base in the country which also hosts the largest USA air base in the Middle East. Iran shares access with Qatar to the world's biggest natural gas field.

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While its flag carrier Qatar Airways now flies increasingly over Iran and Turkey, the airline has been blocked from landing elsewhere in the Middle East. Al-Jazeera offices also have been shut down by authorities in Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

The Gulf countries have ordered their citizens out of Qatar and gave Qataris overseas 14 days to return home. "Most recently, the Qatari government has become not just a supporter but also an advocate for Iran, a regime that exports and funds terrorism throughout the region, destabilizing countries including Libya, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and Syria", said Al-JAber.

Jubeir declined to confirm a list of 10 demands published by Al Jazeera, which included shutting down the Doha-based news channel, but added that Qatar knew what it needed to do to restore normal relations.

"Our expectation is that our initial steps were very strong. and this will jolt the system in Qatar", he said.

"We don't see that he's pointing fingers at Qatar", Qatar's ambassador to Washington, Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani said.

On May 24, Qatar said its state news agency was hacked over two weeks ago and fake news items embedded, a claim that US Intelligence investigators confirmed earlier this week.

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