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Erdogan pledges military support for Qatar on Doha visit

DOHA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged his country’s continued military support for Qatar during a visit to Doha on Wednesday, according to state media, amid an ongoing Gulf political crisis. Erdogan also signalled the "readiness" of Turkey's private sector to help Qatar with its multi-billion projects for the 2022 football World Cup, according to the Qatar News Agency. He held talks with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani during the visit, reported QNA. It also said the two countries signed…

Qatar ruler to speak on row with Saudi Arabia and allies

DOHA: Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, is to address the nation Friday night in a televised speech, the first since Saudi Arabia and its allies severed ties with the emirate. The official QNA news agency, quoting the emir's office, said Sheikh Tamim would deliver his speech at around 1900 GMT to address "the future orientation of country in light of the current Gulf crisis". On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with them accusing it of backing extremism and…

Erdogan slams ‘inhumane’ isolation of Qatar

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday slammed the economic and political isolation of Qatar as inhumane and contrary to Islamic values after key Gulf states broke off ties with Ankara's ally. "Taking action to isolate a country in all areas is inhumane and un-Islamic," Erdogan said in televised comments to his party in Ankara, after Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain broke off relations with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting "terrorism". In his strongest comments yet on the crisis, Erdogan…

Qatar seeks Kuwaiti mediation after powerful Arab nations shun it

DOHA/DUBAI: Qatar's ruler postponed an address to his country on Tuesday over its sudden and damaging diplomatic isolation from other leading Arab nations, in order to allow Kuwait some time and room to mediate. In a sign of the potential consequences for the Qatari economy, a number of banks in the region began stepping back from business dealings with Qatar. Qatar's foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, said Doha was ready for mediation efforts after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates…