Qatar’s Al Thani to visit Ankara on Thursday

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (R) is welcomed by Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (L) at Doha International Airport at the start of his official visit to Qatar on July 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE /

Amid a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and several countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will visit Ankara on Thursday, CNN Türk reported.

According to the report, Al Thani will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani on Tuesday met with Erdoğan and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoğlu in Ankara.

A diplomatic crisis erupted in June between Qatar and other Gulf countries after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed relations with Doha, claiming that Qatar embraces multiple terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at disrupting stability in the region, including the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and al-Qaeda, and constantly promotes the messages and schemes of these groups through their media.

Turkey vowed to stand by Qatar and has called on Saudi Arabia to end all sanctions.

Immediately after the countries imposed sanctions on Qatar, Turkey’s Parliament approved two agreements for deploying troops to Qatar and military cooperation. Ankara has also sent supplies, including a ship carrying thousands of tons of food.

Turkey rejected a call from four Arab states to shut down its military base in Qatar, saying the base was a guarantor of security in the Gulf and that demands for its closure represented interference in its ties with Doha.

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