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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans Gulf trip 

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to meet with officials in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait next week. AP / Presidency Press Service
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to meet with officials in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait next week. AP / Presidency Press Service

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to begin a two-day Gulf tour on July 23 in a bid to diffuse tensions between Qatar and the Arab countries boycotting it.

Turkey’s presidency said that Mr Erdogan will visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait — which has been playing a mediatory role after four Arab countries cut all diplomatic and transport ties with Doha.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt are boycotting Doha over accusations it was funding terrorist and extremist groups. Qatar denies the accusations.

Mr Erdogan threw his weight behind Qatar in its dispute with its neighbours and criticised the list of demands by the four countries to end the sanctions on Doha.

The demands stipulate that Qatar close a Turkish military base, stop its support for the Muslim Brotherhood, shut down its state-owned Al Jazeera network and downgrade its relation with Iran.