Qatar emir to visit Turkey Thursday: Turkish presidency

Qatar emir to visit Turkey Thursday: Turkish presidency

Qatar emir to visit Turkey Thursday: Turkish presidency

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Qatari Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani yesterday discussed bilateral relations as well as regional and worldwide developments.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by his wife Emine Erdogan, is welcomed by Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani in Doha, Qatar, July 24, 2017.

The diplomatic crisis between Gulf countries began on June 5, when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain collectively severed diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism in the region.

Few countries, including Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Egyptian government which came to power after toppling the country's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation.

While other Qatari officials have flown around the world this summer to garner support for the nation, the Emir initially remained at home.

The Qatari emir and President Erdogan are expected to discuss the crisis with the Gulf states.

Tuz said Turkey played a vital role in the crisis which could lead the process to a different level.

Ankara has built a military base in Qatar and reportedly already deployed around 200 troops there. The Emir will hold talks with Merkel on the prospects of cooperation between the two friendly countries and ways to develop them, in addition to the latest regional and global developments, primarily the Gulf crisis.

He defended the campaign, saying engagement with Qatar can only be in the best interests of the United States and the Jewish community. The closure of the Turkish base was one of 13 conditions demanded by the Saudi-led bloc. In Ankara, the two leaders "stressed the need for a resolution through diplomatic means" to the crisis, according to Erdogan's office.

"If they did some of those things, at least started, I would be interested in meeting them", Klein said, adding they must provide first serious proof that they really are changing.

The two leaders also discussed the most prominent regional and worldwide events and exchanged views on them, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) said.

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