Erdoğan, Qatari sheikh reiterate will to resolve Gulf crisis through diplomacy

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 14.09.2017 23:12
Updated 14.09.2017 23:14
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (right), talks with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (left) prior to their meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 (AP Photo)
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (right), talks with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (left) prior to their meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 (AP Photo)

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and discussed the Gulf Crisis, shortly after he met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the Presidential Complex in Ankara Thursday.

The two leaders held a 2.5 hour long closed-door meeting after having dinner together, attended by Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak.

The meeting focused on the resolution of the Gulf crisis, as well as bilateral relations, regional problems and international developments, presidential sources said.

The two leaders reaffirmed commitment to resolve the crisis through diplomatic means, and to cooperate on regional problems, sources added.

The diplomatic crisis between Gulf countries began on June 5, when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain collectively severed diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism in the region.

Doha denies the allegations, describing the attempts to diplomatically isolate it as a violation of international law and its national sovereignty.

Kuwait has also played a central role in attempting to resolve the crisis, dispatching a number of high-level emissaries to relay messages between Qatar and the states aligned against it.

The Saudi-led bloc has presented Qatar with a list of 13 demands that it says Doha must satisfy in order for relations to return to normal.

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