Turkey has sent a first batch of soldiers to Qatar in line with a recent deal on deployment, along with five armored vehicles, the Turkish military said June 22.
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A ship carrying 4,000 tons of food for beleaguered Qatar left Turkey early on June 22, marking a change in how essential supplies are being sent to the tiny Gulf state
A total of 23 Turkish soldiers and five military vehicles arrived in the Qatari capital Doha on June 22, the Turkish Armed Forces have stated
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan congratulated Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince Mohamed bin Salman in a telephone call early on June 22, with the two men expressing a desire for stronger ties between their countries, according to presidential sources
The United States declared itself “mystified” on June 20 that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have failed to justify their embargo on Qatar, and urged both sides to resolve the dangerous dispute.
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Public-spirited businessman Moutaz al-Hayat is flying 4,000 cows into Qatar from the United States and Australia to boost milk supply in his country, which is being blockaded by most of its Arab neighbors in the Gulf. It will take 60 flights, and is definitely not cost-effective.
Turkey will continue to help Qatar and is planning to send the Gulf country another aid ship carrying 11 tons of humanitarian aid, the Turkish Economy Minister said June 19.
As yet there is no new military troop deployment from Turkey to Qatar, Turkish military sources have said, amid reports of joint military exercises
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Thinking of the Qatar problem. Considering the probable role Al-Jazeera played in the build-up to this crisis. Bribe/purchase of billions of dollars’ worth of death machines from the United States by the Saudis and later by the Qataris.
Turkish troops have arrived in Qatar for long-planned joint military exercises, Al Jazeera reported on June 19, a deployment made possible by legislation fast-tracked by Ankara following a diplomatic rift between Doha and four other Arab states.
Qatar hit out on June 19 at four Arab nations for cutting diplomatic ties and transport links over Doha’s alleged support for terrorism, accusing them of a “publicity stunt” aimed solely at attacking its image and reputation.
In a phone call on June 16 with Qatari and French leaders, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged dialogue to help resolve the Gulf crisis over Qatar, according to a presidential source
Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera said the Twitter account for its main Arabic-language channel was temporarily "suspended" on June 17, in the latest incident at the station.
Turkey and Qatar have established an economic commission to provide necessary food and other needs to the latter, amid the ongoing row with Gulf countries, Qatar’s envoy to Turkey has said, expressing his country’s appreciation for “the Turkish government’s enormous support in these difficult days.”
The head of the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) criticized the Gulf countries’ decision to add Qatar-based Egyptian Islamic theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi to the designated terrorist list on June 15.
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will visit Mecca on June 16 and meet Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud as part of Turkey’s efforts to calm down the ongoing crisis between Qatar and other Gulf countries
The United States agreed a major warplane sale to Qatar and began maneuvers with the emirate’s navy on June 15, underscoring its commitment to their military alliance despite Doha’s rift with other Gulf allies.
There is a big potential to improve economic relations between Turkey and Qatar, the cousin of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and the chairman of a large company has told daily Hürriyet
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu visited Qatar on June 14 amid regional tensions between Gulf states
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