Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that no one will be benefitted if the crisis is dragged. Erdogan who is on a Gulf tour met with the Saudi King Salman, who hailed the Turkish leader’s efforts in the fight against terrorism and its financing.
Erdogan will be visiting Qatar on Monday and discuss with the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani.
“No one has any interest in prolonging this crisis any more,” Erdogan said before leaving Istanbul.
Expressing regret over recent developments in the Gulf region, the Turkish President reaffirmed the need to”resolve differences in the region through peaceful means and through dialogue.”
He accused”enemies” of seeking to”fire up tensions between brothers” in the region.
Erdogan praised Qatar’s behaviour in the crisis, saying Doha had sought to find a solution through dialogue.”Since the beginning of the Gulf crisis, Qatar has acted with great perseverance and has made great efforts to resolve the dispute through dialogue,” Erdogan said, describing the Emir’s speech delivered two days ago as a right step towards a solution.
“I hope our visit will be beneficial for the region,” he said.
Turkey will be installing a military base in Qatar, it’s only such outpost in the region.
“From the first moments of the crisis, we have been on the side of peace, stability, solidarity and dialogue,” said Erdogan.
But, having said that Turkey doesn’t want to spoil its relationship with Saudi Arabia. “As the elder statesman in the Gulf region, Saudi Arabia has a big role to play in solving the crisis,” said Erdogan, taking care not to explicitly criticise the kingdom.
Erdogan might receive a warm welcome from Qatar, thanks to Turkey’s timely help to Doha. Qatar received food, dairy and poultry products by ship and plane from Turkey to beat an embargo.