Sat Nov 18 2017, 18:24:42 +03

Turkey calls for dialogue to solve Qatar row

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(Ankara-AlummahWorld- Ramadan11,1438H) Spokesman of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's called for dialogue and negotiation among the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) after some of them severed diplomatic relations with Qatar for national security concerns.

Earlier on Monday, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen cut links with Qatar, in the worst rift in years among major states in the Arab world.

Ibrahim Kalin said in a written statement that "the members of the GCC, with whom Turkey is in a strategic business alliance, should solve their problems through negotiation, dialogue, and communication".

Noting that Erdogan had launched diplomatic efforts to defuse tensions, Kalin reiterated Turkey's sadness over the incident, and said it stood ready help if needed.

Erdogan held phone calls with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, presidential sources said.

On the other hand, speaking at a joint press conference in Ankara with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel, Cavusoglu said that Turkey is ready to help however it can to bring the disputes to a manageable level.

"Dialogue should be continued under all circumstances so the existing problems can be solved in a peaceful way," he said.

He expressed Turkey's "sorrow" at the decisions to cut off ties, citing the importance of regional unity and solidarity. "Turkey sees the unity and solitary among Gulf states as our own unity," he said.

Unity among the countries of the region is important for fighting Daesh, radicalism, Islamophobia, and sectarianism, he added.

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs also said Monday that Turkey would do its part to help solve the diplomatic rift.

The Ministry said in a statement that regional solidarity was needed now more than ever, and that Turkey's utmost wish was that members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which plays an important role in ensuring regional peace, security and stability, could overcome their differences through dialogue.

"It should not be forgotten that the struggle against terrorism can only be done in unity. Turkey is ready to fulfill its role as a responsible actor in the region and as the current chair of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and help resolve this dispute between friendly and brotherly countries as soon as possible," the statement added.

Speaking after Monday's cabinet meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus also Deputy PM Kurtulmuş said that Turkey urges all parties involved in the diplomatic spat in the Gulf region to act in restraint. He noted that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has conducted phone diplomacy with many foreign leaders to find solutions for Qatar row.