Saudi-Turkish ties strained over differing views on Qatar

The United Arab Emirates has warned that a Western monitoring mechanism would be needed to make Qatar abide by any agreement formed to resolve the diplomatic crisis between the country and its neighbours.

There is now tension between Qatar and its immediate neighbours, led by Saudi Arabia, who say Qatar is turning a blind eye to terrorism financiers. Qatar, unlike Iraq, which in August 1990 had occupied Kuwait, is not involved in any aggression and can not be punished by imposing sanctions on dubious charges of sponsoring terrorism and terrorist groups in the Middle East. "We pay a great attention to our relations with them", he said. Sisi reportedly accused Turkey of financing and supporting "terrorist groups" such as the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups in neighbouring Syria.

Saudi Arabia launched a campaign to isolate Qatar earlier this month, cutting diplomatic ties and imposing a blockade, which was followed by other allies.

Against this background of continued tensions, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey's foreign minister, held talks in Saudi Arabia with the king, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, on Friday.

While strongly backing its ally Qatar, Turkey has stopped short of directly criticising Saudi Arabia's actions and called on Riyadh to take a lead role in solving the crisis. "They don't like Qatar's punching above its weight".


"This is far more dramatic than the diplomatic row that occurred in 2014", says Mehran Kamrava, head of the Center for worldwide and Regional Studies at Georgetown University's outpost in the Qatari capital, Doha.

A Gulf official with direct knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg on Thursday that Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. were expected to relay to mediators a list of demands soon. "If we get clear strategic signals that Qatar is going to change and it will stop funding militants that is the basis for a discussion", he said in London. "I'm not sure it's fair to say we are seeing a Saudi Arabia looking to dominate its neighbors". The so-called "Islamic State" group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The three exchanged views on the Qatar crisis with a view to immediately ease tension in the region.

"But Qatar and Iran have a pragmatic relationship", Juneau says.

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