Saudi-Turkish Ties Strained Over Differing Views On Qatar


Efforts by third countries, like imposing a blockade on Qatar under the pretext of cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood, can distract attention from Iran and therefore won't be received well in Washington.

Several Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and some other states have supported the isolation and sanctions imposed by Saudi on Qatar. Doha has vehemently dismissed the claims as unjustified.

The report went on to quote an alleged statement made by Saudi Arabia saying that "This tells us Malta's stand on the issue at hand". No major announcement was made during Cavusoglu's three-nation Gulf tour, which demonstrates the difficulties that Turkey faces in its mediation efforts.

The report surfaced on, a fake news website that has recently also falsely reported the deaths of Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and ex-My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero.

Speaking to reporters in Kuwait on Thursday, Cavusoglu reiterated the hope that the standoff be settled through dialogue with all parties coming together.

Iran and Saudi Arabia accuse each other of subverting regional security and support opposite sides in conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

In October 2015, Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal stated that in the event of another Palestinian Intifada (uprising) against Israel he would side with the Jewish State, saying that "Saudi Arabia has reached a political maturity to constitute a durable alliance with the Jewish nation". This could be interpreted as a snub by Riyadh which is uneasy about Ankara's close ties with Doha. After securing this purchase, Doha will have a massive air force at its disposal. It exaggerated talks and repeated news to reassure its citizens that the American military base will remain in Qatar.

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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir showed no signs of backing down either, telling a press conference: "We have a list of grievances we shall give to Qataris fairly soon".

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Egypt have sought the support of the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the stance the coalition of the Arab countries against Qatar.

Relations between the two countries are at their worst in years. The fact that the USA could sell $12 billion worth of military equipment to a country which was just charged by the POTUS with terror financing is beyond comprehension. Many Erdogan supporters fear that he could be the next target by the USA after the Qatari emir.

"To stop further future damage to Turkey's national interests, Ankara must stay put and mute and recalibrate its position to a balanced and non-interventionist mode", he said.

Arab countries had initially dominated the Qatari monarchy after its independence in 1971.

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.