Qatar Situation Worsens as Turkish Troops Arrive

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir and Prime Minister Haider al Abadi met in Baghdad in February

Last year, Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani was the first foreign leader to phone Erdogan after a failed coup in Turkey.

The visit comes amid a political crisis in the Persian Gulf, where Saudi Arabia and some allies have severed ties with Qatar over its alleged support for terrorism and friendly relations with Tehran.

Turkey's position, being a regional power, has been unfavorably seen by Qatar's opponent.

US President Donald Trump has supported Arab states' sanctions against Qatar, which have disrupted its main routes to import goods by land from Saudi Arabia and by sea from the UAE.

Speaking to reporters in Kuwait on Thursday, Cavusoglu reiterated the hope that the standoff be settled through dialogue with all parties coming together. Saudi Arabia also said it would not bar Qataris wanting to perform the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. This could be interpreted as a snub by Riyadh which is uneasy about Ankara's close ties with Doha.

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been outspoken in his support for the Qatari cause, condemning the Saudi-led blockade as "almost like a death sentence" for Qatar.

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.

Meanwhile, Qatar has also been conducting joint exercises with the US Navy.

"Turkey will continue and we will develop our ties with Qatar, as with all our friends who have supported us in the most hard moments", he added in reference to last year's failed coup.

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Gargach claimed that "Qatar is not under embargo", but added that "its isolation by its neighbors could last years".

The political atmosphere has already sent the state of Qatar into an economic frenzy.

On another hand, the recent concerted actions against Doha, backed by the US government, has sounded an alarming bell to Turkey.

The association was established after the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016.

The dispute showed no signs of ending this week with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister stating on Friday that the kingdom and its allies were working on a list of "grievances" against Qatar.

In a separate development, Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa told the Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that the conditions posed by the four countries for a resolution of the crisis were "crystal clear".

Logoglu insisted that Turkey, as a non-Arab country, should not take sides in an inter-Arab conflict.

"It's early days. Turkey is trying to balance between its ideological zeal and its national interests". "Qatar has to be brought around, put out of business or absorbed".

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