x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 22 November 2017

Erdogan meets Emir of Kuwait to discuss Qatar crisis

Turkish president is scheduled to visit Doha on Wednesday after talks with Sheikh Sabah

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  and Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad, Emir of Kuwait, discussed Qatar and its dispute with its Gulf neighbours. AP
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad, Emir of Kuwait, discussed Qatar and its dispute with its Gulf neighbours. AP

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan met emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad on Tuesday to discuss the dispute between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours.

The two leaders addressed their countries’ relations and regional developments, reported the state-run Kuwait News Agency, Kuna.

Mr Erdogan is scheduled to visit Qatar on Wednesday after his talks in Kuwait, a country which has attempted to mediate in the Gulf dispute. Turkey has supported Qatar, where it is has a military base.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut all diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5 over its support for extremists and interference in the affairs of other countries.

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They have also demanded that Qatar cool its relations with Iran, which has also interfered in other nations’ affairs.

The four Arab countries stand firm by their decision to boycott Qatar, saying they are willing to re-establish communications with Doha only if it adheres to regional and international agreements and the demands and principles they have issued.

Doha has so far refused to meet the quartet’s 13 demands, which included the closure of Qatar-owned Al Jazeera news channel — which the quartet says provides a platform for extremists and dissidents — and the closure of the permanent Turkish military base in the country.