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A Saudi-led diplomatic and economic blockade against Qatar may threaten food imports, but the tiny emirate still has a lifeline through its gas and oil exports, experts said Tuesday.The head of Iran's agricultural products export union said Monday that Tehran was ready to fend off potential food shortages with exports to Qatar by sea.Saudi Arabia and its allies have banned flights to and from Qatar.Although Qatar has limited trade with Gulf states, its exports to Saudi Arabia – estimated at $896 million by the U.N. – are now expected to evaporate.Qatar is one of the smallest Arab nations with a population of 2.4 million, only 10 percent of whom are Qatari.Qatar is the world's leading LNG exporter and supplies 80 million tons annually by sea.
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