Turkey's Erdogan says isolating Qatar will not solve crisis

By REUTERS
June 7, 2017 07:27
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that isolating Qatar, including the use of sanctions, would not resolve any problems, adding that Ankara would continue to do everything in its power to help end the crisis.

The Arab world's biggest powers cut ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of support for Islamist militants and Iran, reopening a festering wound two weeks after US President Donald Trump's demand for Muslim states to fight terrorism.

In a speech following a fast-breaking iftar dinner for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Erdogan said Turkey will do everything to resolve the crisis.

Erdogan has spoken by phone with the leaders of Qatar, Russia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia on lowering tension, presidential sources said, after Arab powers cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world.

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