Turkey's President Erdogan Hosts Qatar's Emir

Trevor Jackson
September 16, 2017

Qatar's ruling emir arrived in Germany on Friday on his first trip overseas since a diplomatic crisis erupted between his tiny Gulf nation and its neighbors.

The four Gulf states asked Qatar to meet 13 demands, including closing the Turkish military base in the country, closing the Al Jazeera news network and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.

Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on Thursday held talks in Turkey with the emirate's chief ally President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his first visit overseas since the start of a diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed a boycott on it, accusing the tiny gas-rich country of supporting terrorism and seeking closer ties with Iran, a Saudi rival.

Merkel said she was concerned that there was still no solution to the crisis, adding she supported efforts by Kuwait and the United States to mediate an end to the dispute.

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Moreover, over the last two decades, the major US Jewish groups have sent delegations to all the Gulf states, including Qatar, as well as conferring regularly with Gulf Arab diplomats in NY and Washington, DC - one result of the warming of relations between Israel and the Arab states during the 1990s, which opened up new diplomatic opportunities for American Jewish groups. In Ankara, the two leaders "stressed the need for a resolution through diplomatic means" to the crisis, according to Erdogan's office.

Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for Erdogan, addressed reporters prior to the meeting with the Qatari leader and called for the Gulf nations to resolve their concerns through dialogue.

He added that such contradictions highlight the dual speech, one for internal consumption and a second for the global public to mask the real causes of the crisis which is supporting terrorism and financing terrorist organizations.

Klein described Qatar's request a public relations attempt to moderate its image as a country that supports and funds terrorism.

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