Iran has sent five planes of food to Qatar, days after some Arab countries of the Persian Gulf cut off their diplomatic ties with the peninsula, AFP quoted Iran Air spokesperson as saying.

“So far five planes carrying perishable food items such as fruit and vegetables have been sent to Qatar, each carrying around 90 tonnes of cargo, while another plane will be sent today,” Shahrokh Noushabadi said on Sunday.

We will continue deliveries as long as there is demand from Qatar, Noushabadi added.

An Iranian official has also said that three ships loaded with 350 tonnes of food were set to leave an Iranian port for Qatar, Tasnim news agency reported.

It came after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and some of their allies on Monday announced that they were cutting all ties with Qatar, accusing it of “supporting terrorism”.

In an interview with Al Jazeera network, the Qatari foreign minister said his country was seeking “a dialogue of openness and honesty”.

Meanwhile, Iran has been calling on neighboring countries to engage in dialogue to resolve their problems. The Islamic Republic has also opened its airspace to about 100 more Qatari flights a day, after Saudi Arabia and its allies banned Qatari planes from their airspace.