DIPLOMATIC ROW: Erdogan plans Gulf visit to discuss Qatar blockade

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to visit the Gulf of Arab region to discuss the festering diplomatic row between Qatar and four other Arab neighbours led by Saudi Arabia.

This was revealed in Ankara by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday.

“All our efforts are focused on a solution that suits the laws of brotherly relations,” Cavusoglu told reporters after talks with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani. Erdogan’s proposed visit is coming two days after US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson landed in Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman on Wednesday.

After his meeting with King Salman, Tillerson also held talks with other counterparts from three other Arab states that have imposed a blockade on Qatar.

Six days ago, Britain’s foreign minister, Boris Johnson, also landed in Saudi Arabia and met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Recall that on June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, imposing a land, air and sea blockade on the country after accusing it of funding terrorism.

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