Turkey hopes the “artificial crisis” between Qatar and other Arab states gets resolved soon, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said on Friday.
On June 5, five Arab countries — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Yemen — abruptly cut diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. Qatar denied the accusations, calling the moves towards its diplomatic isolation as “unjustified”.
In remarks made to the media in the northern Black Sea province of Ordu, Kurtulmuş said Turkey made maximum efforts to find a solution to the Gulf crisis in the shortest possible timeframe.
Turkish FM to visit Saudi Arabia
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that the Qatar crisis needs to be resolved peacefully through dialogue.Çavuşoğlu and Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci visited Qatar’s capital city Doha, and held talks with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and Minister of Economy and Trade Ahmed bin Jassim.Together w/Minister of Economy Zeybekci, discussed the situation in the region and bilateral relations w/ our Qatari counterparts in #Doha pic.twitter.com/gLPWVMufXG— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) 14 Haziran 2017 Turkey has backed Qatar in the diplomatic row and President Recepy Tayyip Erdoğan’s spokesman said on Wednesday that the rift was damaging the Islamic world and Ankara would do all it could through diplomatic channels to prevent any escalation.After evaluating the discussions in Qatar, it was decided that Çavuşoğlu would visit Kuwait.Underlined our stance on the problem in the region&shared info about our efforts for a solution at our meeting w/the press in #Kuwait pic.twitter.com/ZZzZ3pxvna— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) 15 Haziran 2017 Special invitation to MeccaUpon the invitation of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Çavuşoğlu will head to Mecca on Friday.Egypt’s Sisi: Boycott against Qatar should include TurkeyPhilippines lifts labor ban on Qatar-bound workersUS agreed to sell F-15 jets to QatarTurkish FM urges peace, dialogue in Gulf crises
He said the problem can be solved in a short time because there are no grounds to the crisis.
“This is completely an artificial crisis. This crisis has no basis, no socio-political background…We wish for the crisis to be resolved quicker than other crises,” he said.
Kurtulmuş recalled Turkey’s effort to mediate the crisis, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s discussion with regional and global leaders over the phone, and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s visit to Gulf states.
“We made efforts to resolve the problem in the shortest possible time period.
“We hope the conflict between brotherly and friendly countries ends as soon as possible,” he added.
Muslim scholar hails Turkish role in inter-Arab crisis
Recent actions by Turkey have dimmed the prospect of a military occupation of Qatar, Ahmad al-Raysuni, vice-president of the Doha-based International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), said.In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency to discuss the ongoing inter-Arab political crisis, al-Raysuni described recent attempts to isolate Qatar by a handful of other Arab states as an “overreaction”.On June 5, five Arab countries — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen — abruptly cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.Mauritania followed suit shortly afterward, while Jordan has downgraded its diplomatic relations with Doha.Russia, United Arab Emirates discuss Qatar crisisSaudi Arabia has also closed its land borders with Qatar, geographically isolating the tiny Gulf state.Qatar, for its part, strenuously denies accusations that it supports terrorism, describing recent moves to isolate it as “unjustified”.Al-Raysuni, for his part, says the countries currently arrayed against Qatar “want to silence all opposition” to their regional policies.“They want to silence all their critics and all real opposition movements in the region,” he asserted.Specter of occupationHe added that some of the countries now trying to isolate Qatar had the power to ratchet up further pressure on the embattled Gulf state.“Qatar could have been occupied, especially by the UAE or Saudi Arabia,” he said, adding that Turkey’s swift response to the crisis had “eliminated this possibility from the outset”.Al-Raysuni pointed out that Turkey did not only support Qatar in its current difficult circumstances, but typically stood against oppression and unjust embargos.He went on to cite the “deep ties” between Turkey and Qatar, saying those ties were rooted in the historical relationship between the Ottoman Empire and Qatar’s ruling Al-Thani family.Turkish FM to visit Saudi ArabiaAl-Raysuni also said that the current crisis in inter-Arab relations had not greatly affected the Qatari people, but described the episode’s impact on the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as “a wound that will take a long time to heal”.“The GCC is now deeply polarized between Oman, Qatar and Kuwait on one side and Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on the other,” he said, adding that, even after the two sides reconcile, the effects of the episode could linger “for many years”.Al-Raysuni, who hails from Morocco, described Rabat’s position on the crisis as “cautious, fair and honorable”.Earlier this week, the Moroccan government reiterated calls to resolve the crisis through dialogue, voicing its support for mediation efforts now being exerted by the emir of Kuwait.
Erdoğan calls on US, Saudi Arabia to join Astana talks
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to join the Astana talks to help bring peace to Syria.The negotiations were launched by Turkey, Russia and Iran in January when representatives of the Syrian regime and opposition groups were brought together in the capital of Kazakhstan.“We have worked with Russia and Iran during Astana talks,” Erdogan told Portuguese broadcaster RTP in an interview late Thursday. “We are calling for Saudi Arabia and United States to take part in those talks.”The U.S. ambassador to Kazakhstan, George Krol, had previously attended the talks as an observer.The president said the new administration in Washington had resulted in “different approaches towards Iran” from those adopted under the former U.S. government.On Turkey’s approach to Tehran, which supports the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad while Ankara backs the opposition, Erdogan said there were issues on which Turkey “gets along with Iran” and others where it did not.“This does not mean that Turkey has the same approach to Iran as the United States,” he said.“You cannot solve issues in Syria and in Iraq without Iran. The [Syrian] regime works with Iran. I see that denominational expansionism as Persian expansionism. I do not find this right.”A cease-fire in Syria brokered by Turkey and Russia led to the Astana talks, which are being held parallel to UN talks in Geneva to find a political solution to the six-year conflict.A fifth round of talks had been due to start in Astana on Monday but was postponed. A fresh date is yet to be set.Erdogan also addressed Turkey’s support for Qatar as the country faces a diplomatic and economic blockade by Arab states including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen.“I see that the blockade against Qatar is not right,” he said. “We did not accept any kind of embargo against Qatar. I have made lots of phone calls with other world leaders to explain the issue to them.”He added: “Qatar is a country in which most of its population are Muslims. The blockaders are also Muslims. A Muslim to another Muslim must not implement such a blockade in the holy month of Ramadan.“[Saudi] King Salman should be able to resolve this issue before the end of the holy month of Ramadan.”