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How Turkey stood by Qatar amid the Gulf crisis

How Turkey stood by Qatar amid the Gulf crisis
From Al Jazeera - November 14, 2017

Turkish PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdoganhas arrived inQatar's capital, Doha, in his second visit to the Gulf country since the start of a major diplomatic crisis more than five months ago.

Erdogan will be hosted by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Wednesday to discuss bilateral ties and regional developments, a month after a meeting between the two leadersin the Turkish capital, Ankara.

The Turkish president has been a major supporter of Doha since Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt cut ties and blockaded Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting "terrorism" and fostering ties with their rival Iran.

Qatar denies the accusations.

Erdogan, who also visited Qatar in July as part of a regional Gulf tour in a bid to defuse the crisis, has strongly spoken out against the sanctions applied by the Saudi-led group of countries.

In a show of solidarity, Turkey has also sent cargo ships and hundreds of planes loaded with food to break the blockade.

Military and diplomatic ties

Turkey is protecting its own interests through the base in Qatar, rather than taking sides between the parties at odds. And Ankara's interests require stability in the region. Therefore, Turkey would be against an attack on Saudi Arabia as much as Qatar."

Food security

We started to import food, milk and other such items from Turkey on the first day of the blockade

Qatari investments

Qatari-Turkish relations are distinct and can serve as a model for other countries

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