Ankara, June 26: The Qatar crisis that started weeks back is still stirring up problems in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain imposed a boycott on June 5 on Qatar and issued 13 demands including closing of Al Jazeera television, curbing relations with Iran, shutting the Turkish base and paying reparations. On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed calls for the closure of a Turkish military base in Qatar.
Erdogan said, “This approach of 13 demands is against the international law because you can’t attack or intervene the sovereignty of a country.” He made a strong statement on Qatar amidst the entire crisis that has been taking place. Meanwhile, Arab states accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism a.k.a ISIS group.
Both Qatar and Turkey, whose ruling AK Party has its roots in Islamist politics, backed a Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt before it was overthrown in 2013. The Arab states have demanded Qatar cut any links to the Brotherhood and other groups they deem to be terrorist, ideological or sectarian.
Ankara has sent supplies to Qatar since its neighbours cut air and sea links. It has also rushed through legislation to send more troops to its base in Doha.