Turkey’s presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın spoke to the press after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received Qatar’s Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah at the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Headquarters.
Stating that President Erdoğan carried out intense diplomacy traffic regarding the ongoing crisis among Arab states, Kalın said, “There are certain signs of possible results. This is the general impression we got from President Erdoğan’s telephone call with Mr. [Donald] Trump. Also, considering the statements made by European leaders and the Kuwaiti emir’s initiatives in the Gulf, we too are agree that our efforts need continue to take steps in the positive direction.”
Qatar, Russia urge dialogue to solve Gulf row
Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Russian President Vladimir Putin called for dialogue to solve the Gulf crisis, according to Qatar’s official news agency.The QNA reported on Saturday that the two leaders had a phone conversation where they stressed the need to solve the diplomatic row through diplomatic means and direct dialogue among all sides.Al-Thani and Putin also discussed bilateral relations as well as strengthening relations in energy and investment sectors.Doha to reject Arab states’ list of demands: Qatari FMSeveral Arab states — including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Yemen — have imposed a diplomatic and economic blockade on Qatar, which they accuse of supporting terrorism.Doha denies the accusations and has rejected a 13-point list of demands it received from the four countries to restore ties.Turkey has vowed to stand by Qatar and called on Saudi Arabia to end all sanctions against the tiny Gulf state.
TURKEY TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY MEASURES
Turkey will continue to take all necessary measures to protect its national security and its borders, said presidential spokesman Kalın, referring to the recent harassment fire on Turkish forces by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) Syrian branch, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) from Afrin in northwestern Syria.
“Any threat that may come from Syria or another country toward Turkey – this could be from Daesh, the [PKK] PYD/YPG, whatever terrorist organization it is from – Turkey will respond to these immediately in kind,” he said.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.
The PKK has been conducting armed violence in the southeast of Turkey since 1984. More than 40,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the three-decade long conflict.
Doha to reject Arab states’ list of demands: Qatari FM
Qatar will reject the demands issued by four Arab states to end the current diplomatic crisis, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdurrahman Al-Thani said on Saturday.Speaking to reporters in Rome following his U.S. visit, Al-Thani said, “Qatar will reject a 13-point list of demands formulated by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the U.A.E. and Bahrain in order to restore diplomatic relations with Doha.”“These demands are against international law and Qatar’s sovereignty rights,” he added.Gulf states stand together against Iran: ExpertsLast Saturday, Qatar announced it had received a 13-point list of demands by four countries leading the blockade — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the U.A.E. and Bahrain.According to media reports, demands include the closure of the Al Jazeera news channel, the downgrading of Qatar’s ties with Iran, and the extradition of “terrorists” from the country.The four countries have reportedly given Doha a 10-day deadline to meet their demands.During his visit in Rome, Al-Thani also held a meeting with his Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano.The Italian minister said his country would support Kuwait’s mediation role in an attempt to sort out the crisis in the region, according to Italian Foreign Ministry.Erdoğan, Trump discuss Qatar over phoneThe ministry statement said the government in Rome has been following the developments with great concern and is willing to back any attempt to resolve the issue through dialogue.Gulf crisis erupted on June 5 when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), Bahrain and Yemen abruptly cut diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing it of interfering into domestic affairs of other countries in the region and supporting terrorist groups.They also imposed a land, sea, and air blockade on Qatar.The Qatari government has strongly rejected these accusations and stressed that the blockade was in violation of international law.