Qatar launches new “blockade-busting” maritime routes

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Qatar will launch three new direct maritime routes with Malaysia, Pakistan, and Taiwan in September in a move that will further enable Doha to circumvent a sea, air and land blockade by its neighbors, the country’s minister of transport said on Monday.

The announcement comes on the same day Milaha, a Qatari shipping company, said it has launched independent storage and logistics services in Oman’s Sahar port, likely to circumvent the Jebel Ali hub in the UAE, one of the countries blockading Qatar.

Doha has established direct shipping routes with Oman and has sought alternative suppliers of foodstuffs and goods from nations such as Turkey and Iran. The Qatari authorities have also moved to reassure citizens and residents that they can weather the blockade without significant damage to the economy and daily life.

Source Credit: The New Arab
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