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Turkey sent 200 cargo planes to Qatar since Gulf rift

July 12, 2017 at 10:46 am

A ship carrying 4,000 tons of food for Qatar prepares to depart from Izmir, Turkey on 22 June 2017 [Cem Öksüz/Anadolu Agency]

Turkey has sent 197 cargo planes, 16 trucks and one ship to Qatar to meet its daily needs since a dispute broke out last month between Qatar and other Gulf states, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said today.

At a meeting with Zeybekci in the Turkish capital Ankara, Qatar’s Economy Minister, Ahmed Bin Jassim Al Thani, said Doha’s sea and land trade was continuing without disruption despite sanctions.

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Ankara has backed Qatar after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut all economic and diplomatic ties with it, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism, a charge it denies.