Turkish minister lands in Qatar aiming to help ease Gulf rift

FILE PHOTO: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a news conference at Ataturk International airport in Istanbul, Turkey, March 11, 2017. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir/File Photo
FILE Picture: Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks right through a news convention at Ataturk Global airport in Istanbul, Turkey, March 11, 2017.

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Turkey despatched its Foreign minister to Qatar on Wednesday as part of a force to repair Qatar’s rift with fellow Gulf Arab states.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have broken off ties and imposed sanctions on Qatar, accusing it of helping terrorism and relationship regional rival Iran – allegations Doha denies.

“We don’t need any differences between our brothers within the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) nations, and it isn’t enough to assert that there’s a problem with out trying to get to the bottom of it,” Turkish International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu informed the Qatari information agency QNA on arrival.

“Turkey seeks to resolve the extraordinary main issue between brotherly international locations within the GCC.”

President Tayyip Erdogan has cultivated close ties to Qatar, setting up a military base there, while conserving relations with Saudi Arabia.

Cavusoglu Used To Be because of meet Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and Qatar’s state run pan-Arab information channel Al Jazeera said his subsequent stop would be Kuwait, which has also been looking for to mediate within the dispute.

Turkey and Qatar have each supplied fortify for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt – a large motion whose Islamist goals are anathema now not most effective to Egypt’s ex-defense force president, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, but additionally to the Gulf’s dynastic rulers.

Conservative Gulf neighbours have lengthy considered Qatar’s Overseas policy with suspicion, especially its refusal to shun Shi’ite Iran, and resented Al Jazeera for its readiness to air unwelcome or dissenting views from throughout the region.

The Gulf Arab states have no longer made public their calls for of Qatar however a journalist with Al Jazeera has shared an inventory that includes Qatar severing diplomatic ties with Iran and expelling contributors of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas team and the Muslim Brotherhood who live in Doha.

The record also includes ending support for “terrorist corporations” and ceasing “interference” in Egyptian affairs, expenses that Qatar denies.


Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told reporters in Cairo that the prerequisites set for Qatar have been essential for the national security of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, the Egyptian state news agency MENA reported.

“This transfer will deliver concrete, QUICK and decisive OUTCOMES,” he stated.

Qatar has a inhabitants of two.7 million people, and huge fuel wealth. The sanctions have disrupted imports of food and other materials and commute, and led to some International banks to cut back industry.

Ahead Of the diplomatic and business embargo, Qatar imported 80 p.c of its food from larger Gulf Arab neighbours. It has been talking to Iran and Turkey to obtain food and water.

Saudi Overseas Minister Adel al-Jubeir, speaking after talks in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday, stated the sanctions did not amount to a blockade because Qatar’s airports and ports remained open, and offered to ship meals and medical supplies to Qatar if wanted.

Qatar stated the Saudi offer demonstrated that the closure of transport hyperlinks “is a siege, now not a boycott”.At Qatar’s Hamad port on Wednesday, employees have been busy unloading containers of food and constructing supplies, whereas another ship carrying livestock, together with chickens and sheep from Australia, Used To Be at the quayside.

“There’s A provider from India … which used to return by means of Jebel Ali port (in the United Arab Emirates) however is now redirected,” stated a port official who declined to be named.

“The Primary vessel on that provider is to arrive Friday and will run once every week.”

The Effects of the dispute are rippling out past the area.

Qatar mentioned it had withdrawn troops from the frontier between the east African states of Djibouti and Eritrea, where it has been performing as mediator in a border dispute. It gave no purpose, however Djibouti had prior downgraded its diplomatic ties with Qatar.

(Additional reporting With The Aid Of Tuvan Gumrukcu in Ankara, Tom Finn in Doha and Sylvia Westall in Dubai; Writing With The Aid Of Sami Aboudi; Enhancing By Way Of Ralph Boulton and Kevin Liffey)

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