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Gulf demands to shut Turkish base 'violate sovereignty'
Gulf demands to shut Turkish base 'violate sovereignty'

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says demands to close Turkish facility in Qatar are 'unacceptable'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Gulf State demands which include the closure of a Turkish military base in Qatar are “unacceptable” Ankara’s foreign minister said on Friday.

“A solution could come in the medium term,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told an Ankara news conference, speaking alongside his visiting Qatari counterpart, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani.

Since June 5, Qatar has been under a blockade by several Arab countries -- including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen -- accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. 

The Qatari government has denied all the accusations, blasting the blockade as “unjustified” and a violation of international law. 

Regarding demands for the closure of the Turkish military base in the tiny Gulf state, Cavusoglu said: “There is no such dispute with Americans, nor do they object to it. This is a deal between two sovereign countries. Gulf demands violate sovereignty.”

He described a recent Qatari deal with the U.S. as “prudential” and said “it shows that they are open to dialogue”.

Qatar and the U.S. signed a deal to combat the financing of terrorism, during a visit to Doha by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday, a move that comes as the Gulf crisis continues in the region.

Cavusoglu emphasized that Turkey supported Kuwaiti mediation efforts to resolve the crisis.


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