Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Qatar emir meets ally Erdogan in first foreign trip since crisis

Qatar emir meets ally Erdogan in first foreign trip since crisis

The two leaders held a 2.5 hour long closed-door meeting after having dinner together, attended by Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak.

Bilateral relations between Turkey and Qatar, as well as regional and global developments were expected to be discussed in the meeting, according to a statement released by the Presidency earlier this week.

The two leaders reaffirmed commitment to resolve the crisis through diplomatic means, and to cooperate on regional problems, sources added.

Led by Saudi Arabia, several states in the Middle East and Africa have cut diplomatic and connection ties with Qatar since June 5, accusing the gas-rich Persian Gulf state of supporting terrorism and Iran.

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Kuwait has also played a central role in attempting to resolve the crisis, dispatching a number of high-level emissaries to relay messages between Qatar and the states aligned against it.

Doha, however, denies the claims and Ankara has insisted there is absolutely no evidence to back the allegations.

The four countries also imposed an embargo on Qatar and issued a long list of demands, including the closure of Doha-based news broadcaster Al Jazeera, under the threat of further sanctions.

In a show of solidarity, Turkey has also sent cargo ships and hundreds of planes loaded with food to break the blockade.

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On Wednesday, Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah met with Erdogan in Ankara.

The World Values Network, a group headed by New York-based Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, put out an ad in the New York Times last weekend warning that "those involved in efforts to rehabilitate and legitimize Qatar will bring shame to themselves and ruin to countless more victims".

Al-Zaabi expressed his regret that the Qatari delegation is raising this matter for the second time during the day, which indicates that there is no honest intention on Qatar's part to review its policies and positions in support of terrorism and extremism.

Erdogan has carefully worked to improve Ankara´s relations with Riyadh which took a blow over the 2013 ousting of president Mohamed Morsi in Egypt, a close ally of Ankara.

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