Saudi-Turkish ties strained over differing views on Qatar


Several other states in the region scaled back diplomatic relations with the country.

Qatar is now locked in a tense stand-off with many of its immediate neighbours, led by Saudi Arabia, who say the small Gulf state is turning a blind eye to terrorism financiers.

The countries cut air, sea and land links with Qatar.

In the last two weeks, Qatar's government attempted reassuring citizens and residents by falsely claiming that disputes are soon to be resolved. The ships are in Qatar to conduct joint military maneuvers in the Persian Gulf with the emirate's navy.

All tricks up Doha's sleeve have failed - particularly when it attempted to drive a wedge between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi and incite the United States against Saudi Arabia.

Kuwait, a council member, and other nations are trying to mediate. It also emphasizes the importance of maintaining its sovereignty.

The media report did not say when or where the Minster allegedly made those remarks, and quoted Saudi Arabia as saying "this statement signifies Malta's stand on the issue at hand and would not entertain anyone supporting terrorism indirectly by supporting Qatar".

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"Qatar is willing to sit and negotiate about whatever is related to Gulf security", he said during a briefing in Paris after diplomatic meetings Monday. No major announcement was made during Cavusoglu's three-nation Gulf tour, which demonstrates the difficulties that Turkey faces in its mediation efforts. Qatar is the size of CT, with a population of 2.6 million, only about 300,000 of them Qatari citizens.

Twitter later reinstated the account Saturday, a move that comes after Arab nations have blocked websites and broadcasts by Doha-based Al-Jazeera.

Some analysts fear that Turkey's stance on the Qatari crisis could backfire and damage its own interests by angering a number of Sunni-dominated Arab countries. Then Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani seized power in a 1995 coup and began to reshape his country's influence through strategic alliances with Iran, trade relations with Israel and construction of the USA air base. Qatar may endure the diplomatic boycott for a few months, but does not share Iran's tough skin against embargo. Saudi Arabia and its allies saw the uprisings as a threat and backed the governments. "They said they would look into it but since that day nothing more came", he said.

Both agreements were drawn up before the spat between Qatar and its neighbours erupted and were brought to parliament by AKP MPs in an extraordinary session.

The punitive measures against Qatar have drawn condemnation from rights groups, including Amnesty International.

The United Arab Emirates has called for a "western mechanism" to make Qatar abide by any agreement to end its alleged support for terrorism. But the administration has since opposed the blockade. Calling on the Saudi leadership to take the lead in reconciliation efforts in the Gulf, he warned that there "would be no winners in a war among brothers".