Diplomatic Problems, Qatar To Airlift Cows!
June 15, 2017
A Qatari businessman has announced plans to airlift 4,000 cows into the country to maintain milk supplies after Saudi Arabia and several other nations cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, imposing a food and transport embargo on the nation.
WHAT’S THE PLAN?
The plan to fly in the cows was disclosed by Moutaz Al Khayyat, chairman of Power International Holding, to the Bloomberg news agency. Khayyat said it would take as many as 60 flights to deliver the cattle, which were bought in Australia and the US. The proposal – described as the biggest airlift of cattle ever attempted – comes as Qatar moves rapidly to open an air and sea bridge via Iran, Turkey and port facilities in Oman.
WHAT WENT WRONG WITH QATAR?
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic, economic and transport ties with Qatar on 5 June, accusing Doha of supporting extremist groups. Until then, Qatar had imported most of its dairy products from neighboring countries – including Saudi Arabia. Qatar’s rapid moves to thwart off the worst effects of the week-old blockade come in the midst of escalating diplomatic efforts by the emirate to rally international support for its case.