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Turkish, Qatari leaders meet for first time since Gulf rift

September 15, 2017 at 9:50 am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomes the Qatari Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani in Ankara, Turkey on 14 September 2017 [Anadolu Agency]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Qatari Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani yesterday discussed bilateral relations as well as regional and international developments.

The two leaders met at the presidential complex in the capital Ankara, Turkish presidential sources said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media, the sources said Erdogan and Al-Thani also agreed that a diplomatic solution should be found to the Qatar crisis.

Read: Details of the Qatar crisis

In early June, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorist groups in the region.

The four countries also imposed an embargo on Qatar and issued a long list of demands, including the closure of Doha-based news broadcaster Al Jazeera, under the threat of further sanctions.

Qatar has refused to submit, denying charges that it supports terrorism and describing the bloc’s efforts to isolate it as a violation of international law and an infringement of its national sovereignty.