Qatar resorts to Iran, Turkey for food provision

Turkey’s main exporting body says its ready to meet demand for food and water from Qatar [File: Fadi Al-Assaad/Reuters]
Qatar is talking to Iran and Turkey about securing food and water supplies to stave off possible shortages two days after its biggest suppliers, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, cut trade and diplomatic ties, a government official said on Wednesday, Al-Jazeera reported.

“We are in talks with Turkey and Iran and other countries,” said the official, who spoke to Reuters news agency on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject, adding that the supplies would be brought in through Qatar Airways cargo flights, Al-Jazeera added.

The official said there were enough grain supplies in the market in Qatar to last four weeks and that the government also had large strategic food reserves in Doha, Al-Jazeera indicated.

The head of Turkey’s main exporting trade body told Reuters on Wednesday that Turkish exporters are ready to meet demand for food and water from Qatar, according to Al-Jazeera.

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