Iran Sends 2 Warships To Oman, Flies Food To Qatar

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.

Also commenting on the situation, Turkish ex-ambassador to the United States Faruk Logoglu said that Ankara should be careful not to take sides in the ongoing crisis.

Turkey has found itself in a very difficult situation as it maintains close ties with the countries, which have broken off diplomatic relations with Doha. Moreover, we have signed a defense pact with Qatar and are going to open our first overseas military base there. This means that much now depends on the policies Turkey is going to pursue under the circumstances,” Logoglu told Sputnik Turkey.

He said that Ankara should watch its step in this conflict because everything is it says or does could eventually backfire. “Despite its close ties to Qatar, Turkey should avoid taking sides and do what it needs to do if this crisis continues,” Faruk Logoglu noted.

So far the diplomatic fallout from the initial crisis has been contained, although with both Turkey and Iran taking hardline positions against the Saudi alliance by siding with Qatar, this may change quickly (and perhaps violently) in the coming days.

Finally, to avoid confusion, here is a map of the "complicated" relationship among the key players in the ongoing crisis, courtesy of BofA.

Comments

jeff montanye Too-Big-to-Bail Sun, 06/11/2017 - 15:10 Permalink

while it appears that israel and the u.s. want to reduce the power of iran, they keep giving iran these precious opportunities to expand its influence beyond the shia to the secular (syria) and the sunni (qatar).  considering the best ideas the boys of the deep state could come with in the '50's and 60's were the bay of pigs and the war in vietnam, it seems they are keeping to a steady course.

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SmittyinLA Sun, 06/11/2017 - 14:12 Permalink

Our turn to send assholes in tiny boats with guns to mess with their warships while we paint them with radar from 400 miles away, maybe drag some Soros refugee rafts in too

earleflorida SmittyinLA Sun, 06/11/2017 - 14:55 Permalink

those were al qaeda, sponsored by ?the yemeni hub was obl's calling int'l ctr. for the uss cole (10/12/00) bombing and 911 which came eleven months later.the fbi's o'neill was denied his investigation because of a bush ?special? amb. barbara bodine, that scotched the investigation. note: obl recycled some of these operatives/organizers for the 911 ploy.

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Son of Loki Sun, 06/11/2017 - 14:13 Permalink

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beijing expat ClickNLook Sun, 06/11/2017 - 14:42 Permalink

Putin has been running circles around you Burgers for years.

He won the Syrian gambit and did in 6 months what the empire couldn't do in 15 years.

He got bad press but as usual secured his objective.

Just watch as Iraq falls into Russian orbit and why shouldent it?

The whole 6 trillion war will be for naught but you will still have Israel and KSA as "allies".

Putin will have Syria, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and now Qatar will become friendly.

Think another 6 trillion will improve the American position?

Maybe Trump is right. Maybe it's time to call it a day.

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beijing expat arby63 Sun, 06/11/2017 - 15:48 Permalink

Everyone's FP is easy to understand. They will pursue their national interests while avoiding major wars. They achieve this by having a single policy.

America is also easy to predict. They can be trusted to make the worst possible choice at every turn as they try to bamboozle their way to global empire. I think it's a NeoCon (Jewish) thing where they tell the goyims they don't have to play the game like everyone else cause they can get them a deal on the cheap. So you have a Whitehouse policy, A Langley policy, a foggy bottom policy, and a pentagon policy. Total clusterfuck. Some deal you got there.

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Great Deceivah arby63 Sun, 06/11/2017 - 19:30 Permalink

Actually it is.. foreign politicians are either puppets of the Jew World Order / Deep State or they are not. Anyone who refuses to be a member of that club, will be targeted for replacement or worse, for regime change.. like in Egypt, Libya, Ukraine, VenezuelaWishy-washy leaders who are not clear on whether they belong or not, will have coup attemps, like Erdogan in Turkey.

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blue51 Sun, 06/11/2017 - 14:23 Permalink

I wouldn't trust the Turks setting up ANYTHING military in Qatar . The old switch- aroo , for the right price . Something about not letting a camels nose under the tent ....

Land Snark Sun, 06/11/2017 - 14:34 Permalink

Perfect time for Trump to instruct "Operation Quietly Step Away". Oh, off topic but has anyone else noticed that Rush is not on the air? MD, PA and other online sites suddenly have other offerings or a "Week in Review" show. Very strange...