Turkey backs Qatar in Middle East spat

Patrice Gainsbourg
Junho 10, 2017

Iran has called for a "clear and explicit dialogue" among the feuding nations, saying rising tensions among its Persian Gulf neighbors threaten the interests of everyone in the region.

TEHRAN (FNA)- a Qatari official said that an ultimatum by Saudi Arabia and its allies for Qatar's citizens to leave is a violation of human rights which requires intervention by the UN.

Qatar says the "baseless" allegations that it supports terrorism are being used to tarnish the image and unity of Gulf states. He says the USA asks that there be "no further escalation".

Tillerson told reporters at the State Department that the crisis, which has cut transportation links and trade, had begun hurting ordinary people in Qatar, and that it was impairing business dealings and harming the us battle against the Islamic State militant group. But Trump said that he, Tillerson and military leaders had decided during Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia last month that a public rebuke was needed. "They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar", said Trump. "There are other countries' bases too, why doesn't it discomfort you?" "There are humanitarian consequences to this blockade".

The Turkish air force and navy will also be sent to Doha. Shortly after Tillerson's remarks, the Pentagon said that the Qatar blockade was "hindering" the ability to plan for long-term operations.

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Turkey's main exporters' body said it was ready to meet food and water supply demands from Qatar, after a Qatari official said Doha was in talks with Iran and Turkey to ensure trade disruptions did not create shortages.

It was unclear if he was aware of the comments Tillerson had made.

It is worth mentioning that the Turkish Parliament's such decision came after 7 countries (Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, Maldives) announced cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar.

President of non-profit Qatar's Friends Group, Bekir Cantemir in a speech drew parallels between the 2013 coup in Egypt, the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey and what is happening in Qatar, accusing foreign powers of trying to destabilize the region. "Qatar has to stop these policies so that it can contribute to stability in the Middle East", Saudi Arabia's foreign minister added.

"If there is Qatar on one side and the rest of the Gulf states on the other, one must be very careful", said Dr. Ali Faik Demir, a member of the Galatasaray University International Relations Department.

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