Qatar emir due in Turkey for first trip since Gulf cri­sis

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

QATARI Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad Al Thani is due in Turkey on his first for­eign trip since a diplo­matic cri­sis erupted be­tween his small en­ergy-rich na­tion and other Arab states.

Al Thani is sched­uled to meet with Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan on Thurs­day to dis­cuss the three­month-old diplo­matic rift.

Turkey has been try­ing to me­di­ate be­tween Qatar and its Gulf neigh­bors but has also shown sol­i­dar­ity with Doha in the cri­sis by de­liv­er­ing food and other sup­plies and boost­ing mil­i­tary ties, in­clud­ing send­ing troops to a Turk­ish base there.

Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emi­rates cut ties with Qatar in June over its close ties to Iran and its al­leged sup­port for ex­trem­ists.

Qatar has de­nied sup­port­ing extremism, say­ing the cri­sis is po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated. – AP

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ah­mad Al Sabah, left, holds the hand of Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad Al Thani in Doha, Qatar. Photo: KUNA via AP

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