Erdogan Calls for End of Qatar Blockade

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked about his objections to the blockade of Qatar by fellow Middle Eastern countries during a two-day visit to the region. Erdogan is currently in Saudi Arabia and will visit Kuwait then Qatar as he tries to resolve the dispute. Erdogan called the isolation of Qatar as inhumane and goes against Islamic values, comparing it to a death sentence. Both Turkey and Qatar share a similar attitude towards Iran (Saudi Arabia’s rival), acknowledging it as a key player in the Middle East and trying to maintain good ties. However, Turkey does not hold a strong amount of influence in resolving the tension between Qatar and its neighbors since it has taken a firmly pro-Qatari position since the start of the crisis.

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