Qatar ‘grateful’ for Turkey’s support during blockade | Pakistan News Digest

Qatar ‘grateful’ for Turkey’s support during blockade

By on June 30, 2017 | Short URL

Washington, (IINA) - Qatar is very thankful and grateful for Turkey's support during its current diplomatic crisis with neighboring Gulf states that began earlier this month, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdurrahman Al-Thani said Thursday, Anadolu Agency reported.

During a panel discussion in Washington to solve the crisis, Al-Thani stated that Turkey has always had a long and strong relationship with Qatar, but that nexus does not mean Ankara's ties to other Gulf nations should be undermined.

"Turkey has been supporting Qatar with supply chain because of the blockade which [has] been effected and, urges the parties to engage in a dialogue, he said.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates abruptly cut ties with Qatar on June 5.

Al-Thani said much of the assertions about Qatar were unfounded and that his country is ready to talk with its neighbors to solve the issues in question.

"As long as it does not violate our independence and our national sovereignty, we are ready to sit down with our neighbors and talk about all the problems," Al-Thani said. "The crisis should end with a political solution by the participation of international actors."

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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