Turkey to use its authority to resolve Qatar crisis

Posted June 27, 2017

These are allegations which Qatar strongly denies. Yemen and the Maldives have followed suit by cutting their ties with the country.

Qatar, the world's richest country per capita, has used its wealth over the past decade to exert outsized influence in the Middle East, backing factions in civil wars and revolts across the region.

In his turn, Karzai called on unity among the Muslim nations but declared his support against any nation supporting or having links with the terrorism, the statement added. One one hand, Qatar, Turkey's 7th biggest investor past year, has direct investments in Turkey as high as 18 billion USA dollars, while the value of the projects undertaken by Turkish construction companies in Qatar, which will host the 2022 World Cup, has reached about 8.5 billion US dollars.

It has been reported in several Saudi newspapers that the kingdom and the UAE are now drawing up a list of conditions that Qatar must meet to improve relations.

The foreign minister said the economic impact on Qatar had so far proved to be minimal, but added: "We are not claiming we are living in a flawless condition".

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However, Saudi Foreign Ministry said Saturday it won't allow Turkey to establish a military base on its land like the latter does in Qatar.

In the next few days, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt will submit a list of demands to Qatar, which is likely to include the expulsion of radical individuals. Qatar has always been seen as an individually focused state assuming its own policy course and going against the common policies of the other GCC states.

"We don't really see an escalation, but isolation". Morocco, which enjoys good relations with Qatar as well as the other Gulf countries, stated that its decision came in line with the spirit of Islamic values especially during the holy month of Ramadan.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Gargash said he believed that when Qatar did back down, there would be a need to monitor its activities in the region, something Western powers could undertake.

"Turkey's openly pro-Qatar policy stems from its deep economic, political and military engagement which has been built up over the years", Ilhan Uzgel, a senior Turkish analyst of global relations, told Xinhua. Following the media announcement of the border shut down, Qatari citizens hurried to their nearest supermarkets in order to stock up on food reserves.

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They also urged their own citizens in Qatar to leave and threatened imprisonment and fines for anyone who criticises the measures.

Prior to the diplomatic row, Qatari nationals could travel visa-free between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain.

"Neighbors are permanent; geography can't be changed".

The crisis has raised major concerns over instability in the region.

On June 14, the US signed a $12 billion deal to supply dozens of F-15 jets to Qatar, despite recent high-profile claims by US President Donald Trump alleging Qatar's "high-level funding" of terrorism.

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According to observers, the recent fallout in relations came in the wake of Qatar's apparent break with past policies and its leaning toward Russian Federation and Iran - similar to Turkey's turnabout on the Syria crisis.