Qatar’s, Turkey’s de­fense heads talk

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL - — COM­PILED BY DEMO­CRAT-GAZETTE STAFF FROM WIRE RE­PORTS

ANKARA, Turkey — Qatar’s de­fense min­is­ter held talks with his Turk­ish coun­ter­part Fri­day as the Per­sian Gulf na­tion’s feud with four other ma­jor Arab states con­tin­ued.

De­fense Min­istry of­fi­cials said Qatar’s Khalid bin Mo­hammed al-At­tiyah met with Turkey’s Fikri Isik in Ankara, but did not pro­vide de­tails.

Turkey is adamant to keep its mil­i­tary base in the small Gulf Arab state and has sided with Qatar in the dis­pute, which saw Arab coun­tries cut ties to Doha ear­lier this month, ac­cus­ing it of sup­port­ing ter­ror groups. Qatar de­nies the ac­cu­sa­tion.

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