Qatar’s defense minister to visit Turkey, meet Turkish counterpart

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani attends the second day of the 136th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held in Riyadh, on December 10, 2015 as kings and emirs from six Gulf states began two days of talks, at the same time as unprecedented discussions by the Syrian opposition at a luxury hotel in another part of the city. Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz called for political solutions to the wars in Syria and Yemen, while condemning "terrorism," at the opening of the annual Gulf summit. AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE

Doha, Qatar Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Atiyyah will visit Turkey on Friday and a hold meeting with his Turkish counterpart Fikri Işık, sources at Turkey’s defense ministry said Thursday.

Turkey has backed Doha in its rift with four Arab states, which are boycotting the emirate over alleged support for terrorism, in what has become the worst Gulf Arab crisis in years. Qatar strongly rejects the allegations.

The Turkish parliament approved the bill on a deal between the two countries involving deployment of troops to Al-Udeid base and military training programs on June 7. Last week, Turkey deployed 23 soldiers and five armored vehicles to the base.

Shutting down the Turkish base in Qatar was among the requests delivered by Arab states to Qatar to end restrictive measures imposed on the Gulf nation.

Source- Daily Sabah

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