Turkey's Erdogan ratifies troop deployment to Qatar

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After an initial deployment of Turkish troops at a base in Doha, Turkish warplanes and ships will also be sent, the mass-circulation Hurriyet newspaper said on its website yesterday.

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has suggested Tillerson, who as Exxon Mobil's CEO had business with Qatar, as a possible mediator for the dispute.

Qatar has responded by denying any links to terrorism and stating that it is a sovereign nation that will not bow down to outside interests.

Qatar is a strategic Gulf country where the United States has Al Udeid Air Base, its largest in the Middle East. The riyal currency has tumbled and the cost of insuring Qatari debt against default has risen.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen cut ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. The Qatari emir was the first foreign leader to telephone Mr. Erdogan during a failed coup in Ankara a year ago, on a night when Turkey's other allies were slow to offer support.

Included on the "terrorist" list were the Egyptian leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Yousef al-Qaradawi, and 12 Qatari-funded charities. Some are prominent jihadists who have fought in Libya and Syria.

Iran has called for a "clear and explicit dialogue" among the feuding nations, saying rising tensions among its Persian Gulf neighbors threaten the interests of everyone in the region. It is the worst split between powerful Arab states in decades. The current Egyptian president came to power in a coup that toppled a democratically-elected president affiliated to the Brotherhood. "Turkey and Qatar are setting a good example on how relations between countries should be", a Qatari lawyer, Suheyl Awad, said as he bought a carton of milk for his son.

Turkey's Parliament pushed through the Bill on Wednesday and Mr Erdogan's rapid approval of it, announced by his office late on Thursday, was followed by its publication in the Official Gazette yesterday, completing the legislative process.

Turkey has also pledged to provide crucial food and water supplies to Qatar.

The number of fighter jets and warships will be evaluated based on the preliminary examinations and the report to be made later, according to the official information.

A former ambassador previously said that the base could hold up to 3,000 Turkish soldiers, stationed primarily to conduct joint training exercises.

"It is under control. There have been repeated hacking attempts for the last two weeks on Al Jazeera's platforms and yesterday those attempts intensified significantly", Mostefa Souag, the network's acting director-general told Reuters on Friday. "We are ready to do everything to resolve other countries' problems with Qatar".

Would-be mediators, including Trump and Kuwait's ruling emir, have struggled to ease the crisis.

  • Zachary Reyes