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If there was any confusion on which side of the Qatar crisis Iran found itself, it was swept away today after Iran's Tasnim news, cited by Turkey's Anadolu Agency, reported that Iran plans to send two warships to Oman on Sunday. The two ships will depart using Iran's southern waters off the port city of Bandar Abbas for an overseas mission to the Arab Peninsula state and then on to international waters.
 

On Sunday, the 47th flotilla, comprised of an Alborz destroyer and Bushehr logistic warship, set sail from the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, Tasnim reported. From Oman, the ships will then head to the Gulf of Aden and international waters north of the Indian Ocean. At the same time, Iran's 46th flotilla consisting of a Sabalan destroyer and Lavan logistic warship, is due to return to Iran on Sunday after completing a two-month mission to secure naval routes and protect merchant vessels and oil tankers in the Gulf of Aden.

 

Separately, Reuters reported that amid food shortages after Qatar's biggest suppliers severed ties with the import-dependent country, Iran has dispatched four cargo planes of food to Qatar and plans to provide 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetable every day. Qatar has been holding 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, which has claimed the terrorism-funding allegations are lies, on Friday hired John Ashcroft to serve as a PR crisis mediator in the US and to defend against terrorism accusations, for which he will be paid $2.5 million for 90 days of his time.

 

"Following the sanctions ... on Qatar, IranAir has so far transported food and vegetables to this country by four flights," Shahrokh Noushabadi, head of public relations at Iran's national airline, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency. The head of the industries, business and trade organization 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.

 

"Every day we will export 100 tonnes of fruits and vegetables to Qatar," Ali Hemmati said, with Reuters providing more details:

 



An Iranian diplomat in Doha said three cargo planes from Iran were landing in Qatar each day, bringing mostly fruit and vegetables. The diplomat also said small boats were bringing some less perishable produce.
 
"Dozens of Iranian businesses are ready to help Qatar with more goods if they are needed," the diplomat said.The head of Iran's livestock exporters said on Sunday they had exported 66 tonnes of meat to Qatar in the last two days.
 
"We will also be sending 90 tonnes of meat in the coming week," Fars quoted Mansour Pourian as saying.

 

Why the push by Iran and Turkey to prop up Qatar in the ongoing spat? According to Lebanon’s ex-parliamentary speaker Ili al Farzali, "If Qatar loses its influence in the Middle East, so will Turkey."

 

Interviewed by Sputnik, Farzali said that Tte current crisis over Qatar is just the tip of the iceberg of the ongoing struggle for influence in the Sunni world.

 

“I see this conflict around Qatar also as a war against Turkey in the Sunni world. Assuming that Qatar is indeed a sponsor of terrorism, namely the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the most influential Sunni party both in and outside the Arab world. If Qatar stops supporting it, this would also have a negative impact on Turkey, which has until now been building up its influence in the Arab world,” Ili al Farzali said.

“The Americans want oil and money and they just don’t care about what is going on there. Trump has made this perfectly clear,” Ili al Farzali noted. Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to expand his country’s cooperation with Qatar and pledged every effort to seek a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

 

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-11/iran-sends-2-warships-oman-flies-food-qatar

 

Iran is sending two warships to Oman before they start their mission in international waters near the coast of Yemen, the country's navy has said.
 

The Tasnim news agency reported that the two ships, an Alborz destroyer and a Bushehr logistics warship, will depart from the port city of Bandar Abbas on Sunday for an overseas mission to Oman and then on to international waters.

"An Iranian naval flotilla will depart to Oman on Sunday and then will go to the north of the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden," the agency quoted the navy as saying.

The Gulf of Aden, which lies between the Horn of Africa and the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is a strategic shipping lane which connects the Indian ocean with the Red Sea and Suez Canal.



http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/iran-sends-warships-oman-gulf-dispute-170611165049643.html

 

On Sunday, the 47th flotilla, comprised of an Alborz destroyer and Bushehr logistic warship, set sail from the southern port city of Bandar Abbas after a ceremony attended by naval commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, Tasnim News reports. From Oman, the ships will head to the Gulf of Aden and international waters north of the Indian Ocean.
 

At the same time, the 46th flotilla, made up of a Sabalan destroyer and Lavan logistic warship, is due to return to Iran on Sunday after completing a two-month mission to secure naval routes and protect merchant vessels and oil tankers in the Gulf of Aden. The Iranian Navy has been conducting patrols of the region since November 2008 as part of international anti-piracy efforts.

“Today, there is some controlled insecurity in the Gulf of Aden and we have been able to escort over 4,000 oil tankers and cargo ships to the safe regions without any disruption in our plans for oil and non-oil exports and imports,” Admiral Sayyari told Fars News Agency on Sunday.

 

https://www.rt.com/news/391855-iran-sends-warships-to-oman/

 

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This is going to be a horrible shitshow. Uhhhh. People starving, oil prices rising, everyone's money in banks could get messed up. The lines have been drawn. War.... 

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I was looking at the line up on a map today.  Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Oman and Qatar.  UAE better be sure they can trust the Saudis!  If this gets real Syria and Iraq are toast. (Clowns to the left of me. Jokers to the right. Here I am stuck in the middle with you and I wonder what Bahrain is up to.)

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Qatar Begins Shipping Cargo Through Oman to Bypass Gulf Rift

Qatar said Monday it had begun shipping cargo through Oman to bypass Gulf countries that have cut off sea routes to the tiny, energy-rich nation, the latest move by Doha to show it can survive a diplomatic dispute with its neighbors.

Qatar's port authority published video showing a container ship loaded down with cargo arriving at Doha's Hamad Port from Oman's port of Sohar to a water-cannon welcome.

Typically, cargo for Qatar stops at Dubai's massive deep-water Jebel Ali port or in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi, then gets put on smaller boats heading to Doha. But since June 5, the UAE has joined Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt in cutting off sea traffic to Qatar as part of the nations severing diplomatic ties over Qatar's close ties to Iran.

 

http://en.alalam.ir/news/1982027

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