SANCTIONS: We won’t abandon Qatar, Turkey’s Erdogan promises

Your ‘aggressive attitude serves no purpose', Turkey tells US

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has asked Saudi Arabia to remove sanctions against Qatar and act like the ‘Custodian of the Two Holy Places’ in Gulf diplomatic row.

Erdogan said Saudi-led blockade of Qatar would not resolve any regional problems and vowed to do everything in his power to help end the regional turmoil which has seen other Gulf of Arab nations joining Saudi Arabia in imposing sanctions against Qatar.

“We will not abandon our Qatari brothers,” Erdogan told members of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party at a fast-breaking meal on Friday in Istanbul during the holy month of Ramadan.

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“I also have a special request from the Saudi administration. You are the largest and most powerful state in the Gulf. We call you the Custodian of the Holy Places. You especially should work for brotherhood, not animosity. You have to work for bringing brothers together. This is what we expect from Saudi, the Custodian of the Holy Mosques.

The diplomatic crisis which has hit the Gulf of Arab was sparked after a hacking dispute which revealed leaks and comments falsely attributed to Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The comments which came to the open after the hack has set Qatar against the Gulf’s Arab countries, forcing Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt to cut ties with the oil rich country.



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