Qatar emir due in Turkey for first trip since Gulf cri­sis

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Turkey said Thurs­day it wants Qatar and its Arab neigh­bours to over­come dif­fer­ences through di­a­logue and a “broth­erly” man­ner as Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad Al Thani was set to ar­rive in Ankara on his first for­eign trip since a diplo­matic cri­sis erupted.

Al Thani is sched­uled to meet with Turk­ish President Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan to dis­cuss ties as well as the three-month-old diplo­matic rift be­tween the Gulf neigh­bours.

“We sup­port a res­o­lu­tion of the cri­sis through a broth­erly man­ner and through di­a­logue,” Ibrahim Kalin, Er­do­gan’s spokesman, told re­porters. “This cri­sis only serves the en­e­mies of this re­gion.”

Turkey has been try­ing to me­di­ate be­tween Qatar and its Gulf neigh­bours 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.

The prime min­is­ter of Kuwait was also in Ankara on Thurs­day for talks with Turk­ish lead­ers. It was not clear if Al Thani and Kuwait’s Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah would meet in Ankara.

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