Turkey sent troops to Qatar

Oil rich gulf state Qatar refuses to negotiate with its Arab neighbors unless all measures imposed are lifted as the current diplomatic crisis in the region continues.

"Turkish troops are coming to Qatar for the sake of the securıty of the entire region", Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told the press on Thursday, as cited by Turkish media.

Turkey is one of the few powerful countries in the Middle East to stand squarely by Qatar after Saudi Arabia, Egypt and several other states proclaimed it a supporter of terrorism and cut off all economic and diplomatic ties.

"Until now we didn't see any progress about lifting the blockade, which is the pre-condition for anything to move forward".

Imports from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, including construction materials and food, represent about 14 percent of Qatar's total imports, said Jaida.

Following the blockade, Iran, a main rival of Saudi Arabia, offered its support to Doha, urging Qatar and neighboring Gulf countries to engage in dialogue to resolve their dispute.

Gargash also said that the UAE and its allies did not trust Qatar at all.

"Qatar will realise that this is a new state of affairs and isolation can last years", Gargash told a small group of reporters in Paris on Monday. "The ordeal lasted almost 10 hours during which we faced multiple interrogations and lock-up", he said, expressing gratitude to the Turkish authorities for solving the issue. Doha has adamantly denied those claims.

The NHRC said it has hired lawyers to take legal measures to restore the rights of aggrieved Qatari nationals. The countries that imposed the sanctions gave Qataris two weeks to leave, which expired yesterday.

Qatar's defence ministry said the joint exercises had been previously planned, though there is widespread agreement among officials and observers in the region that the fast-tracked deployment was aimed at deterring any military action against Doha.

President Donald Trump has strongly supported the sanctions against Qatar, even though his State Department and Defense Department have tried to remain neutral. The three Gulf states and Egypt blocked access to Qatar's Al-Jazeera satellite news channel and other Qatari news websites.

At the same time, government spokesman Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed Al-Thani deplored the effect the boycott was having on GCC nations.

Two days after the crisis broke out, the Turkish parliament swiftly ratified a deal to deploy Turkish troops to Qatar that was signed in late 2014, in a sign of showing solid support to Doha.

  • Leroy Wright