Qatar emir due in Turkey for first trip since Gulf crisisSeptember 14, 2017 4:18pm

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey said Thursday it wants Qatar and its Arab neighbors to overcome differences through dialogue and a "brotherly" manner as Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was set to arrive in Ankara on his first foreign trip since a diplomatic crisis erupted.

Sheikh Tamim is scheduled to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss ties as well as the three-month-old diplomatic rift between the Gulf neighbors.

"We support a resolution of the crisis through a brotherly manner and through dialogue," Ibrahim Kalin, Erdogan's spokesman, told reporters. "This crisis only serves the enemies of this region."

Sheikh Tamim's trip Thursday to Turkey comes as a Qatari exile held a conference in London that explored in part a "bloodless coup" overthrowing Doha's government.

The conference was organized by Khalid al-Hail. Analysts and experts have suggested al-Hail is being supported by the Arab countries now boycotting Qatar, something he denies.

"We have a crisis, the government of Qatar has to admit it," al-Hail said. "And I don't believe the current regime in Qatar is acting for the good of my people."

Also attending the event was Shlomo Brom, a retired Israeli general who is now a researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies, a respected think tank in Tel Aviv. His presence was a surprise, especially given Arab nations' concerns over peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Turkey has been trying to mediate between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors but has also shown solidarity with Doha in the crisis by delivering food and other supplies and boosting military ties, including sending troops to a Turkish base there.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with Qatar in June over its close ties to Iran and its alleged support for extremists.

Qatar has denied supporting extremism, saying the crisis is politically motivated.

The prime minister of Kuwait, which is mediating the crisis, was also in Ankara on Thursday for talks with Turkish leaders. It was not clear if Sheikh Tamim and Kuwait's Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah would meet in Ankara.

Sheikh Tamim is scheduled to travel on to Germany for a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

__

Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Joseph Federman in Jerusalem contributed.

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

FILE- In this Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg smiles at the beginning of the informal meeting of the EU ministers of defence in Tallinn, Estonia. Stoltenberg said in an interview Tuesday, Sept. 19, with The Associated Press on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting that after many years of decline, "we have now seen for the first time since the end of the Cold War a real increase in defense spending across Europe and Canada." (AP Photo/Liis Treimann, File)
AP Interview: NATO chief welcomes Trump's new approach
President Donald Trump meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Trump, Turkish president meet with 'many issues' to discuss
Turkish minister confirms agents' captured by Kurdish rebelsTurkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has confirmed media reports that two Turkish intelligence officials were captured by Kurdish rebels in neighboring northern Iraq
Protesters ejected from Turkish president's New York speechA demonstrator who got up and shouted "Terrorist!" at Turkey's president during a speech in New York has been escorted out by bodyguards
1 injured as rival gangs clash outside Istanbul courthouseTurkish media reports say members of two feuding gangs have clashed outside Istanbul's main courthouse
Turkish officer hit by rotor blade dies at police schoolTurkey's state-run news agency says a police officer has died after being hit by a helicopter's rotor blade in an accident at a police training school
AdChoices

Related Searches

Related Searches

AdChoices