Erdogan: The demands placed on Qatar are unacceptable

Turkish President reaffirms support for Qatar, rejects demands made by the countries that cut ties with it.

Ben Ariel,

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Reuters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday reaffirmed Turkey's support for Qatar in its dispute with four other Arab states, and said their demands against Qatar were unacceptable, Reuters reported.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar last month over its support for terrorism and its alliance with regional foe Iran, charges Doha denies.

They later delivered 13 demands to ending the crisis, including shutting the Al-Jazeera network, downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran and closing a Turkish military base.

At a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday, the four nations' foreign ministers refrained from slapping further sanctions on Qatar but voiced disappointment at Doha's failure to comply with their 13 demands after the expiry of a deadline.

"When it comes to this list of 13 items ... it's not acceptable under any circumstances," Erdogan said in an interview with France 24 television, according to Reuters.

Some of the terms were tantamount to "stripping" Qatar of its statehood, he added.

Among the demands is for Qatar to end an accord under which Turkey maintains a military base in the Gulf state.

Responding to that demand, Erdogan said, "We remain loyal to our agreement with Qatar. If it requests us to leave, we will not stay where we are not wanted.”

The Turkish President last month claimed that he has never known Qatar to give support to terror organizations.

"They declare foundations established to provide different services as terror organizations. Something like this should not happen. I know those foundations. Until today I have not witnessed Qatar give support to terror," Erdogan said at the time.




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