Qatar Situation Worsens as Turkish Troops Arrive
“Turkish troops are coming to Qatar for the sake of the securıty of the entire region,” Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told the press on Thursday, as cited by Turkish media.
Erdogan had earlier criticized the nations – including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, the Maldives, and one of Libya’s three rival governments – which had broken diplomatic relations with Qatar over its alleged support of terrorism.
Qatar denied all the allegations and called the move a “campaign of incitement based on lies.”
The Turkish President has been trying to mediate the diplomatic dispute, saying that dialogue is necessary to resolve the problems between the Gulf States.
Last week US Navy ships arrived in Doha to participate in drills with Qatari counterparts, Reuters reported, citing the state-run Qatar News Agency. Previously to that US president Donald Trump called Qatar “a funder of terrorism” and praised the other Gulf States’ move.
However, Reuters reported that the Turkish troops taking part in the drills are not newly-arrived, as “no new Turkish military unit had been sent to Qatar” according to its unnamed military sources. The news agency added that Tariq bin Ziyad military base currently houses about 90 Turkish soldiers.
Turkey’s cooperation with Qatar comes as several countries and organizations – including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, the Maldives, and one of Libya’s three rival governments – cut ties with Doha on Monday, accusing it of financing terrorist groups ranging from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) to Iran-backed militants.
Erdogan has started a dangerous game that may see form the base of a new threat to world peace, since seizing control of the country and starting to rebuild the Ottoman Caliphate Erdogan has been showing his true colours.