Saudi-Turkish ties strained over differing views on Qatar

Saudi-Turkish ties strained over differing views on Qatar

“Now we hear from Saudi Arabia of a list of grievances, rather than demands”, she said.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain cut diplomatic and travel ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of funding militant groups and fomenting instability, charges Doha denies.

The incident also comes as the Gulf faces one of its worst diplomatic crises in years.

It has been reported in several Saudi newspapers that the kingdom and the UAE are now drawing up a list of conditions that Qatar must meet to improve relations.

Qatar has deployed troops with NAVCENT since 2014, according to one official. It exaggerated talks and repeated news to reassure its citizens that the American military base will remain in Qatar. So far, Qatar hasn’t received any demands from Gulf nations, Foreign Minister Mohammed Al Thani told Qatar TV, calling the delay “evidence of the fragility of the basis of the actions against Qatar”.

For years Qatar has engaged in risky ploys, managed by the former emir over the phone and from a distance, safe in the knowledge that Arab governments will not dare punish his country.

“This indeed suggests that Turkey sees its defence ties with Qatar as an indispensable pillar of its strategic posture in the region”, said Kasapoglu.

The US Congress previously approved a sale of as many as 72 F-15s to Qatar in a deal valued at $15 billion, long before the Gulf countries spat with its neighbours Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.

When asked whether the capricious behaviour from the White House and State Department has affected Boeing’s ability to make decisions, Caret told reporters Boeing was aligned with the USA government’s decision on foreign military sales.

Washington has so far snubbed Erdogan’s requests to extradite the US -based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, leader of the Gulen Movement that was blamed for the 2016 failed coup against Erdogan, while criticizing Turkey’s post-coup crackdown for violating human rights and rule of law. “He praised efforts to isolate Qatar”.

UAE’s Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said its allies in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain did not trust Qatar. “It took on much more of an edge in 2011 when they really backed different sides in the Arab Spring”. “Qatar has to be brought around, put out of business or absorbed”. “By taking the Qatari side, Turkey confronts a huge Sunni block that stretches from North Africa to the Maldives”, he said. They accused Doha of supporting terrorist groups, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as interfering in other countries’ domestic affairs.

As Turkey tried to defuse the diplomatic dispute and position itself as a mediator, the country defended Doha from the beginning and called out Gulf leaders to end the blockade while falling short of appearing to take an anti-Saudi stance.