Turkey Urges 'Respect of Qatar Rights' to End Gulf Rift

Turkey Urges 'Respect of Qatar Rights' to End Gulf Rift
Sat Jul 1, 2017 10:01:43

Turkish defence minister hopes crisis to be resolved soon on basis of sincere dialogue and respect for Qatar's rights.

Turkey has said that the rights of Qatar should be respected in resolving an escalating dispute between Doha and its neighbours.

"The current issues between the (Gulf) countries, who are brothers, must be resolved soon on the basis of a sincere dialogue and respect for Qatar's rights," Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik said during a meeting with his Qatari counterpart Khaled bin Mohammed al-Attiyah in Ankara on Friday.

The meeting came as Turkey, which has stood by Doha throughout the crisis, resists pressure to shutter a Turkish military base in Doha that Qatar's neighbours want to see closed.

Earlier in June, Turkey’s parliament ratified two deals on deploying troops to Qatar and training its army.

Al-Attiyah said that the focus of his visit is about the Turkish base in Qatar.

"Qatar and Turkey maintain historic ties and my visit comes in the context of boosting defence cooperation between the two countries," he said.

Last week Riyadh and its allies issued 13 demands to Qatar for resolving the crisis, including the closure of the Turkish military base and the Doha-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit back at the sweeping Saudi-led demands, saying they were "against international law".

He also described the call for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Qatar as "disrespect to Turkey."

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