Turkey’s Erdogan meets emir of Kuwait
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday met the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad, to discuss the dispute between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours.
The two officials addressed their countries’ relations and regional developments, reported the state-run Kuwait News Agency, Kuna.
Mr Erdogan is scheduled to visit Qatar today after his talks in Kuwait, which has acted as a mediator in the Gulf dispute. Ankara has supported Qatar, where it 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 internal affairs of other countries.
They have also demanded that Qatar cool its relations with Iran, which has also interfered in other nations’ affairs.
The four Arab countries stand 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 principles and the demands they have issued.
Doha has so far refused to meet the quartet’s 13 demands, which include the closure of Qatar-owned Al Jazeera news channel – which the quartet says provides a platform for extremists and dissidents – and the shutting down of the permanent Turkish base in the country.