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Most likely, Qatar will make some concessions to return to the fold.

Egypt, UAE along with Bahrain last week cut diplomatic ties with Qatar following footsteps of the wealthiest nation of Saudi Arabia and further suspended air, land and sea routes with the Energy-rich Gulf nation.

An embargo has also cut off food, transport and other links between the four countries and Qatar, which typically imports around 80 percent of its food from its neighbors. It was also meant to have a security component, with a defense council to coordinate military matters.

Bahrain, the Maldives, and Egypt recently broke off ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism, an accusation that the Qatari government denies.

"Qatar is a country which, like Turkey, has adopted the most resolute stance against Daesh (IS)", said Erdogan.

Last Wednesday, Turkey's parliament promptly approved two deals signed in December 2015 and April 2016 between the two countries - to deploy Turkish troops to a base in Qatar and to train its domestic police force. Qatar, which has yet to retaliate in the crisis, also could turn off supplies to those now opposing it as well, especially the United Arab Emirates, home to Dubai.

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Tuesday also saw Erdogan commit to holding three way talks regarding the crisis, with French President Emmanuel Macron and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, on the line.

Amid ongoing Middle East Crisis, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Bajwa left for an official visit to Saudi Arabia today, reported Waqt News.

Qatar Airways announced on Sunday its net profits rose to $540 million in its latest financial disclosure before the airline took a hit and was blocked from flying to major Arab states.

Qatar Airways offices were closed in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

US President Donald Trump on Friday accused Qatar of funding terrorism "at a very high level", urging the Gulf Arab country to stop the funding.

The political storm surrounding Qatar is impacting life and business in one of the world's biggest natural gas producers and travel hubs, which is preparing to host soccer's World Cup in 2022. The envoys of Qatar and Gulf states were attending the meeting.

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