Turkey backs Qatar in Arab dispute as Trump claims to support solution

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 08 June 2017| 13 Ramadaan 1438

The sea, land and air blockades imposed by several Arab countries on Qatar has precluded food shipments and led to the cancellation of flights.

US President Donald Trump, who previously praised the severing of diplomatic relations, appears to have changed his stance by telling Doha that he was committed to finding a solution to the crisis.

Meanwhile, Turkey, a regional powerhouse, has declared its full support for Qatar – offering food supplies and fast-tracked a bill in parliament that could lead to thousands of Turkish troops being based in Qatar.

Turkish parliament approves troop deployment to Qatar

Turkey’s parliament has approved a legislation allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar.
The bill, first drafted in May, passed with 240 votes in favour, largely with support from the ruling AK party and nationalist opposition MHP.

Wednesday’s decision is a show of support for Qatar as it faces diplomatic and trade isolation from some of the biggest Middle Eastern powers.

Turkey is a key ally of Qatar and is setting up a military base in the country which also hosts the largest US airbase in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar and closed their airspace to commercial flights on Monday, accusing it with financing “extremist” groups.

Qatar vehemently denies the accusations. This is the worst split between powerful Arab states in decades.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticised the Arab states’ move, saying isolating Qatar and imposing sanctions will not resolve any problems and adding that Ankara will do everything in its power to help end the crisis.

Source – Al Jazeera