Qatar withdraws troops from Djibouti, Eritrea border
Turkish President Erdogan denounced the isolation of Qatar as “inhumane and against Islamic values”, adding, “Qatar has shown the most decisive stance against the ISIS, and victimizing Qatar serves no objective”.
Erdogan, in Turkey’s strongest comments since the rift began on June 5, denounced the isolation of Qatar as a violation of Islamic values and akin to a “death penalty”.
Turkey and Qatar have both provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and backed rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain also closed their air, sea, and land routes to the country. No reports of the talks had materialised by midnight on Tuesday.
“The state of Qatar has informed the government of Djibouti that it has withdrawn all of its troops deployed on the borderline”, said Wednesday Qatar’s ministry of foreign affairs.
Accompanied by Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci, Cavusoglu met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani and Economy and Trade Minister Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim al-Thani.
The deal was completed despite the Gulf country being criticized recently by President Donald Trump for supporting terrorism. Trump said the other Gulf nations requested his help in confronting Qatar.
“We will continue sending such cargos while there is still request from the Qatari side”, the official said. The kingdom said the website was blocked because it violates the rules of the Ministry of Culture and Information. Qatar hosts the Middle East headquarters for U.S. air forces; Bahrain hosts the main base for the U.S. Navy.
A forward party of several dozen Turkish troops are now reportedly stationed at the base but the parliament mandate could allow Ankara to send a formal deployment of thousands more to its ally.
“Our three-person delegation was sent to Qatar on June 12″.
“Nevertheless, in order to placate Saudi Arabia, Pakistan offered to use its influence over Qatar to defuse the situation”.