In an interview with Doha-based satellite news network Al-Jazeera, foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said Kuwait's ruler had asked Qatar's ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to hold off on giving a speech about the crisis late on Tuesday night.'He received a call from the emir of Kuwait asking him to postpone it in order to give time to solve the crisis,' Sheikh Mohammed said.
Pictured above, people gather outside a branch of Qatar Airways in the United Arab Emirate of Abu Dhabi Still, the minister struck a defiant tone, vowing his nation rejected those 'trying to impose their will on Qatar or intervene in its internal affairs'.
Gulf neighbors withdrew their ambassadors in 2014 over Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood group in Egypt, where the group was ousted.
The deal to release the group was reached in April and again heightened concerns among Arab nations that Qatar supports terrorist groups.'The ransom payments are the straw that broke the camel's back,' one Gulf observer told the the Financial Times.
Doha's Hamad International Airport was virtually deserted early on Tuesday.
More than 30 flights were shown cancelled on airport television screens and the departures hall was eerily quiet.
They had legally entered Iraq to hunt inside Muthanna province, some 230 miles (370 kilometers) southeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
A total of 27 flights from Dubai to Doha had been scheduled for Tuesday and the Dubai Airports website showed all flights to Doha cancelled.Qatar Airways, for its part, said it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt 'until further notice'.