Qatar will keep gas flowing to UAE

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

Ankara is at the forefront of efforts to defuse a diplomatic crisis that led Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain, as well as Egypt and other countries, to sever ties with Qatar, which is a strong ally of Ankara.

On June 5 all of Qatar's Arab neighbours in the Gulf withdrew their ambassadors from Doha, Qatar's gleaming capital.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised eyebrows over the weekend when he said King Salman agreed to consider an offer to establish a Turkish military base in the kingdom alongside a Turkish base in Qatar.

"We are trying hard to prevent any escalation and find a quick solution to the crisis".

In this Friday, June 16, 2017 photo, Qatari and other nationals queue at the check in counters of the Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar.

Gargash also urged Turkey, which has been supportive of Qatar, to remain balanced in the crisis and understand that it was in its interest to support Arab efforts. Then a three-member Turkish military delegation went to Qatar to prepare for the establishment of a military base there.

Turkey's open support to Qatar is a choice based on its economic and strategic considerations.

When the diplomatic rift began last week Trump wrote on Twitter that his recent trip to the Middle East was already paying off, suggesting backing for Saudi Arabia in the dispute. Qatar says it has not yet received a list of demands from its neighbors.

"We have no news concerning one of the boats", he said.

Despite being a member of the GCC, Qatar's foreign policy has not usually aligned with other members', sometimes outright rivaling that of Saudi Arabia.

The government asserts that the decision is well in line with the political interests of this country.

"Similarly, there are many UAE companies working in Qatar and they are under the threat to close down their business, only because of their government's stand". "By taking the Qatari side, Turkey confronts a huge Sunni block that stretches from North Africa to the Maldives", he said. Qatar denies the coalitioin's allegations that it supports terrorist groups and Iran, and has accused Saudi Arabia of seeking to dominate smaller states within the energy-rich region.

Saudi Arabia also sealed its land border with Qatar, which relies heavily on imports for food and raw materials.

Doha failed to adhere to repeated requests, sent out in 2013 and 2014, to end its support of terrorism and extremism, and involvement in conflicts in the region, said Arabia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, according to a media report.

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