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Turkey willing to mediate to resolve Gulf dispute

June 6, 2017 at 1:40 pm

Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) speaks during an event hosted by the Turkish Heritage Organization at the National Press Club in Washington, US on 21 March , 2017 [Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency]

Turkey is willing to help defuse the row between Arab countries and Qatar, after a number of states severed their ties with the Gulf state yesterday, Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said.

“We see the stability in the Gulf region as our own unity and solidarity,” Cavusoglu told a press conference with visiting German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel.

Countries may of course have some issues, but dialogue must continue under every circumstance for problems to be resolved peacefully. We are saddened by the current picture and will give any support for its normalisation

Cavusoglu said.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and the eastern-Libyan government of Khalifa Haftar severed their diplomatic and consular relations with Qatar yesterday, accusing it of “supporting terrorism, promoting extremism and interfering in the internal affairs of others countries”.

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