Turkey has sent more than 120 cargo planes of supplies to Qatar: Zeybekci
AA photoTurkey has so far sent more than 120 cargo planes of supply to Qatar, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci has said.
“By last night, we sent 121 cargo planes of supply to Qatar. This is the world’s largest in this kind of air transport operation. We also sent a ship and seven trucks of supply. Another ship and more cargo planes will follow today,” Zeybekci said in the Aegean province of Denizli on June 25, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
These moves should not be seen as being directed against anyone, he stressed, adding that Turkey was just working to meet the daily needs of the Qatari people.
“We hope these problems will be resolved soon,” he added.
On June 22, Turkey sent its first ship carrying food to Qatar from the Aegean city of İzmir.
Turkish exports to Qatar tripled from their normal levels to $32.5 million since four Arab countries began boycotting the Gulf state on June 5, Customs and Trade Minister Bülent Tüfenkci said late on June 22.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain accuse Qatar of funding terrorism and fomenting regional instability Qatar has denied the accusations.
“Since June 5 exports to Qatar have amounted to $32.5 million. Of this $12.5 million is food. This figure is three times the normal level,” Tüfenkci told reporters at a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner late on June 22, as quoted by Reuters.