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Turkey's Erdogan condemns Qatar blockade 'death sentence'

20 June 2017

Underpinning Turkey's stance on Qatar are strong investment ties, cooperation in Syria's civil war and the sharing of similar views on political Islam, most notably on Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, which the Gulf monarchies and Egypt oppose. But Qatar wields a potential economic weapon if the crisis escalates and countries around the world that depend on its supply may find themselves needing to side with the tiny nation that is home to a major USA military installation. Qatar denies supporting terrorist organizations, but Western officials have regularly accused Qatar's government of allowing or even encouraging the funding of some Sunni extremists.

"Qatar is of the opinion that dialogue is the best answer to this crisis".

Turkey has declared its full support to Qatar by offering food supplies and deploying its military troops in Qatar.

The minister, who is also president of Qatar Airways' executive board, said: "Our reserves and investment funds are more than 250 percent of gross domestic product, so I don't think there is any reason that people need to be concerned about what's happening or any speculation on the Qatari riyal". Food security is part of Qatar's government strategy to steer the economy away from petrodollars, known, like in Saudi Arabia, as "Vision 2030".

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The minister said Qatar "still had no clue" why Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and transport ties a week ago.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdulrahman al-Thani said on Monday Doha "still had no clue" why Arab states had cut ties with his country.

Erdogan called on Saudi Arabia's king as the leader of the region to resolve the impasse.

Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi tells reporters in a weekly news conference: "These countries should try to settle their differences at the negotiating table in a positive and comprehensive process".

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Fresh milk production will now start by the end of the month rather than September and will eventually cover a third of Qatar's demand by mid-July, Al Khayyat said at his office in Doha. Other nations also operate forces out of Qatar.

Typically, cargo for Qatar stops at Dubai's massive deep-water Jebel Ali port or in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi, then gets put on smaller boats heading to Doha.

Hundreds of containers on their way to Qatar from Oman also: A Qatari food company owner said shipments began arriving on Sunday from Oman, and that about 12 vessels were headed to Qatar.

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Turkey's Erdogan condemns Qatar blockade 'death sentence'