Qatar hits out at neighbours as Arab rift enters third week

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday held talks in #Kuwait to push mediation efforts aimed at resolving a standoff between a Saudi-led alliance and Qatar.

Turkey also sent its foreign minister to Qatar on Wednesday as part of a drive to fix Gulf Arab states's rift with Qatar.

The three Arab Gulf countries also ordered Qatari nationals to leave within 14 days, while Saudi, UAE and Bahraini citizens were also given the same timeframe to leave Qatar. This makes it look as if Qatar's neighbors took such drastic action for another reason altogether: Qatar's idiosyncratic foreign policy has been irritating Saudi Arabia and the UAE for years.

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Earlier this month, Turkey's parliament fast-tracked the approval of a separate agreement with Qatar that allowed troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in the Gulf state.

In an interview aired Thursday with Portuguese broadcaster RTP, Erdogan said work on the Turkish base in Qatar began in 2014 with the aim of supporting regional security.

Turkey's eagerness to broker an end to the Qatari crisis is believed to be mainly driven by its ideological and economic interests, as it shares many of Doha's political views and has a robust economic relationship with the rich Gulf nation.

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Turkey's parliament on June 7 fast-tracked legislation to allow troops to be deployed to a military base in Qatar that now houses about 90 Turkish soldiers.

Media across much of the Gulf has been critical of Qatar over the past month, carrying articles alleging it has conspired with dissidents to destabilize neighboring governments. "Qatar has to be brought around, put out of business or absorbed". "It also strenuously denies that Minister Carmelo Abela has made the remarks reported by fox-news24.com, or any other remarks whatsoever on the situation concerning Saudi Arabia and Qatar".

Objections to Qatar's well-known support for Hamas are based on the fact that this undermines the Palestinian Authority and Egypt, not on pro-Israeli sympathies.

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