Turkey: Qatar military base for the security of Gulf
By admin - Sun Jun 11, 4:35 am
Remarks attributed to Erdogan follow ratification of treaties on deployment of troops and training of Qatari forces.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Bahrain’s foreign minister that Turkey’s military base in Qatar was aimed at contributing to the security of the entire Arab Gulf region, and was not aimed at any specific Gulf state.
Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish foreign minister, made the announcement on Saturday during a joint press conference on Saturday in Istanbul with Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, the Bahraini foreign minister.
Cavusoglu said Turkey would continue its efforts to resolve the dispute, as Qatar faces isolation imposed by fellow Arab states over its alleged support for terrorism.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting “extremists” and Iran – charges Qatar calls “baseless”.Several other countries followed suit.
On Wednesday, Turkey’s parliament ratified two treaties on deploying troops to Qatar and training the country’s security forces.
The deal to send Turkish soldiers in Qatar, aimed at improving the country’s army and boosting military cooperation, was signed in April 2016 in Doha.
According to Cavusoglu, Erdogan told Sheikh Khalid during their meeting that the dispute between Qatar and other Arab states should be resolved by the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
“President Erdogan stressed that this tragic event – contradicting our religion, belief and traditions – should be resolved before the holy month of Ramadan ends while he emphasised his sadness over the crisis,” said Cavusoglu.
Ramadan is set to end on June 24.
“The ratification of the military treaties is not an anti-Saudi move at all,” Can Kasapoglu, a defence analyst from Turkey’s EDAM, told Al Jazeera.
“Turkey still sticks to ‘I don’t want problems between my two good friends’ policy.