Ankara, July 24: Intense Qatar rift from last month is still doing the rounds in the Middle Eastern countries. To bring back the diplomacy and peace back in the Middle East, Turkey (Qatar’s sincere ally) jumps in to the picture to fix the whole situation. Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan has travelled to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait yesterday regarding the fuming incident.
Last month, the Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties and imposed sanctions on Qatar accusing it of supporting terrorism. To which, Doha denied allegations. Discussing the incident last month, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Erdogan spoke on “efforts to combat terrorism and its sources of funding”.
In the meanwhile, the boycotting countries want Qatar to close down a Turkish base, curb relations with the arch-foe Iran and shutter the AL Jazeera TV channel. And amongst this, Kuwait is seeking to mediate in the crisis. Erdogan will be concluding his two-day trip by visiting Qatar today.
Under a 2014 agreement, Ankara maintains a military base in Qatar which is set to eventually host as many as 1,000 troops. The two countries also maintain ideological ties, as Erdogan's party has Islamist roots and Doha is a main backer of the Muslim Brotherhood, which its Arab opponents deem a terrorist organisation.