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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Turkey's Erdogan meets with Qatar emir to discuss Gulf crisis

Mr Erdogan arrived in Doha late on Tuesday after meeting with Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad in Kuwait City

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad in Doha, Qatar, on November 15, 2017. Kayhan Ozer / Presidential Palace / Reuters
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad in Doha, Qatar, on November 15, 2017. Kayhan Ozer / Presidential Palace / Reuters

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad on Wednesday in Doha to discuss the dispute between Qatar and its Arab neighbours.

Mr Erdogan arrived in Doha late on Tuesday after meeting with Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad in Kuwait City, reported Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.

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. Kuwait has attempted to mediate in the Gulf dispute.

The boycotting countries have also demanded that Doha cool its relations with Tehran, which has also interfered in other nations’ affairs.

The Turkish president, who has backed Doha in the dispute, has called for lifting the sanctions against Qatar — where a permanent Turkish military base is present.

However, 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 Turkish military base.

According to the government-run Kuwait News Agency (Kuna), Sheikh Sabah and Mr Erdogan discussed on Tuesday “regional and international developments” as well as “ways to improve co-operation on all fronts”. The report did not give further detail.