The Latest: Kuwait says Qatar is 'willing' to hold dialogue

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The Latest on developments related to the diplomatic crisis engulfing energy-rich Qatar (all times local):

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1:10 p.m.

Kuwait says Qatar is "willing to hold a dialogue" with Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties.

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled Al Sabah said in a statement carried by the state-run KUNA news agency Sunday that unity among Gulf Arab countries "was paramount to the people of the region."

Kuwait's ruling emir has traveled to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to try and mediate the crisis that began June 5.

Saudi Arabia and its allies have tried to isolate Qatar over its alleged support of militant groups and ties to Iran. Qatar long has denied funding extremists.

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12:45 p.m.

Iran's flag carrier is flying vegetables to Qatar after Arab nations cut land, sea and air routes to the energy-rich Gulf nation.

Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi told The Associated Press that a sixth planeload of vegetables will head to Qatar on Sunday. He said 90 tons of vegetables already have been sent. Noushabadi tells the AP the flights "will be continued based on demand."

Iranian media meanwhile reported Sunday that three traditional dhow boats carrying some 350 tons of fruit are to leave for Qatar from the small Iranian port of Dayyer.

Saudi Arabia has sealed Qatar's only land border, through which it had imported most of its food. Riyadh and its allies have severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and of being too close to Iran, charges denied by Doha.

Turkey has also stepped in to help Qatar, supplying the desert country with dairy products.

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8:15 a.m.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have signaled they may allow some Qataris to stay in their countries amid a diplomatic rift with the Gulf nation.

The three Gulf nations said early Sunday that officials would consider "humanitarian cases" as a deadline looms for Qataris to return home.

On June 5, the countries cut diplomatic ties to Qatar and ordered all Qataris out within 14 days.

For its part, Qatar issued an overnight statement saying residents living in the country from those nations that severed ties would have "complete freedom" to stay despite the "hostile and tendentious campaigns" now targeting it.

Arab nations have tried to isolate Qatar over its alleged support of militant groups and ties to Iran.