Turkey president Recep Erdogan to visit Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait amid diplomatic crisis

Istanbul: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Qatar and Saudi Arabia in July, which are locked in a deep diplomatic crisis, his office announced on Tuesday.

File image of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. AP

Erdogan will also visit Kuwait, the main mediator in the Qatar crisis, during his 23-24 July tour.

Turkey is a key ally of Qatar, which has been diplomatically and economically isolated by its Gulf neighbours over allegations it supports terrorism.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain last month cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and issued 13 wide-ranging demands to lift the blockade, including the closure of a Turkish military base in the emirate.

The crisis has put Turkey in a delicate position as Qatar is its main ally in the Gulf but Ankara does not want to antagonise key regional power Saudi Arabia.

Published Date: Jul 18, 2017 02:28 pm | Updated Date: Jul 18, 2017 02:29 pm

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