ANKARA – Turkish exporters are ready to meet demand for food and water from Qatar, the head of Turkey’s main exporting trade body told Reuters on Wednesday, allowing the Gulf state to stave off possible shortages after its biggest suppliers cut ties.
Mehmet Buyukeksi, chairman of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM), told Reuters that exporters stood ready to fill the gap after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia cut trade ties with Qatar.
A government official in Qatar earlier told Reuters Doha was talking to Iran and Turkey about securing food and water supplies. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar and closed their airspace to commercial flights on Monday, charging it with financing militant groups.
Qatar vehemently denies the accusations.
Qatar Chamber: Country has 12 months worth of food, supplies
By Shabina S. Khatri – Doha News
Qatar is well-placed to ride out the recent siege-like conditions that were recently imposed on it by its neighbors, a senior Chamber of Commerce (QC) official has said.
Though its land border with Saudi Arabia is closed, Qatar is still receiving food and other supplies through Hamad Port and air cargo, QC Chief Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani said.
All in all, the country has enough stocks to sustain its people for 12 months, he added, according to the Peninsula.
The newspaper said that the QC held a meeting with 40 major food companies this week. They have negotiated new contracts with different suppliers since the recent falling out with some Gulf states.
One of the countries that have offered to supply food to Qatar is Iran.