Turkey warns on Gulf crisis escalation

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 12, 2017
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As part of its efforts to ease tension in the Gulf region, Ankara has called on all parties to come to a common solution and overcome differences to avoid a sectarian crisis in the region, which would put all countries in danger. “With all the already existing problems in the region, and particularly at a time when there is an apparent tendency to trigger a sectarian conflict, the Gulf

states, which are very close to each other in their culture and traditions, should overcome differences with sincere efforts and deliberateness,” the government spokesman, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş, said at a press conference in Ankara after the Cabinet meeting Monday.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Saturday at a joint press conference with his Bahraini counterpart Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Khalifa in Istanbul that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Khalifa that the Qatar dispute should be resolved by the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

“We give the same advice to all countries. Ultimately, it is apparent that the furthering of the crisis would bring a heavy price for all countries in the region. You do not have to be an oracle to predict that,” Kurtulmuş said, adding that regional developments have shown that previously.

Effective June 5, Bahrain, Comoros, Egypt, Maldives, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Yemen’s internationally backed government and one of Libya’s three governments cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar amid accusations that the Gulf nation funds militant groups.

The escalation came two weeks after the website of Qatar’s official news agency was allegedly hacked by unknown individuals who reportedly published statements attributed to the country’s emir.

Qatar has vehemently denied the accusations, describing the moves to diplomatically isolate the country as unjustified.

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