The Qatari Foreign Ministry said in a statement the two held talks on how "restore the normal relations" of the Gulf as the 2022 FIFA World Cup host and worldwide air travel hub now finds itself isolated by land, sea and air.
The UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs called for Qatar to abandon its "stubbornness" on Thursday, after Turkey accelerated plans to send troops to Qatar and Doha struck a defiant tone. Qatar has vehemently denied all charges. The cruise line declined further comment, but is likely waiting to see how the dispute plays out before dropping Qatar as a port of call.
The UAE has avoided shutting down its natural gas pipeline with Qatar, despite closing air, sea and land links, due to its dependence on gas to generate electricity, according to reports.
This is while Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Authority on Wednesday night imposed a ban on global tankers and Qatar-flagged ships traveling to and from Qatar, preventing them from calling at ports in the UAE.
Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi says Qatar's citizens are "questioning if this is going to end up in seeing a change in leadership itself".
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And on Tuesday the 87-year old Sheikh Sabah traveled to Saudi Arabia where he met with King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Jeddah in an attempt to broker an agreement that would put an end to the tension.
"I ask Doha to commit strongly to not funding armed groups", he said on Wednesday.
The Gulf countries have ordered their citizens out of Qatar and gave Qataris overseas 14 days to return home.
He said Qatar needed to shut down or limit its Al-Jazeera news network, as well as stop funding extremist groups and others. "Doha now needs to take serious steps very rapidly to placate not only their neighbors but also their allies around the world". FBI agents are assisting Qatar in its investigation, said Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar's ambassador to the U.S.
On May 24, Qatar said its state news agency was hacked over two weeks ago and fake news items embedded, a claim that US Intelligence investigators confirmed earlier this week.
Dr Shamsi said that the UAE has taken a firm stand against Qatar over its hostile policies against the other GCC and Middle East countries, adding that the decision was taken in the interest of UAE's national security and its people.