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Turkey rejects calls to close Qatar military base

26 June 2017

On Sunday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared that he supported Qatar's response to a list of demands issued by the Arab states that boycotted the emirate.

Describing the demands as "against worldwide law", Erdogan welcomed Qatar's stand on a list of demands which Doha has rejected and said the measures are "unjustified".

Qatar has described the pressure by its larger neighbours as an "illegal blockade" aimed at curbing its sovereignty, and said that the ultimatum by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain was unreasonable.

On Friday, reports emerged that the Saudi-Emirati-led bloc had given Qatar 10 days to comply with a 13-point list of demands, which include, among others, that Doha scale down ties with Iran.

The ultimatum demands that Qatar, among other things, cut its ties with Iran, close a Turkish military base on its soil and shut down Al Jazeera and its affiliates. He says the supporting Kuwait's efforts to mediate. We believe our allies and partners are stronger when they are working together towards one goal, which we all agree is stopping terrorism and countering extremism. Yoder said Congressional leaders are also waiting to see if money raised in campaign contributions for House elections could be put to use for security as well. A lowering of rhetoric would also help ease the tension.

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A week in to the unprecedented blockade of Qatar by its neighbours, there is little sign of progress towards a resolution. Qatar, for its part, strenuously denies the accusations, calling the moves to diplomatically isolate it as "unjustified".

Turkey has been a powerful and outspoken regional ally of Qatar after the Arab countries cut diplomatic ties.

"If Qatar does not respond to the demands, the alternative is not escalation, but parting", Gargash said at a televised press conference in Dubai. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would give its official response to Kuwait, which has been acting as a mediator between Qatar and its neighbors. "I told this openly to my brother, Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adil [al-Jubeyir], on the phone last night", Hurriyet Daily News reported that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavusoglu told reporters on June 25 in Antalya.

The Turkish president also repeated an offer to Saudi Arabia to build a military base in the Muslim kingdom, similar to that built in neighbouring Qatar.

Since the crisis began earlier this month, Turkey has deployed troops to Qatar where they are training Qatari forces.

A decision on Friday by the Montreal-based ICAO to a hold a briefing comes after Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al-Baker expressed concerns that the United Nations agency was not working quickly enough to solve the crisis.