Rabat - Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that the isolation of Qatar by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries stands “against Islamic values” and urged Saudi Arabia to take the lead in containing the crisis.
Rabat – Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that the isolation of Qatar by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries stands “against Islamic values” and urged Saudi Arabia to take the lead in containing the crisis.
During a parliamentary address on Tuesday, June 13 in Ankara, Erdogan lashed out at Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and other countries’ decision to isolate Qatar by cutting diplomatic and trade relations.
Erdogan dismissed the move as “inhumane and against the Islamic values” and called on the Saudi King, “as leader of the Gulf,” to lead reconciliatory efforts in order to put an end to the situation. The Turkish president dismissed accusations of “terrorism support” leveled against Qatar by the Gulf states.
“Qatar has showed the most decisive stance against terrorist organization Daesh alongside Turkey,” he said. “Victimizing Qatar through smear campaigns serves no purpose.”
Erdogan considered the decision a “very grave mistake” that was meant as a “death penalty to Qatar.”
Major International Reactions to the Gulf Crisis
Turkey was quick to side with Qatar after Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and other countries announced their decision to sever relations with Qatar on June 5. Two days later, the Turkish parliament approved the implementation of a military agreement signed between the two countries in 2014, authorizing Turkey to deploy its troops in its base in Qatar.
Later, Erdogan reiterated his full support for Qatar and announced that his country would supply the country with food products. He also recalled that Qatar stood firmly against the military coup in Turkey in July 2017.
The Islamic Republic of Iran also stood by Qatar’s side following the crisis and devoted three of its port to exporting food supplies to the isolated Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member.
The Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, in turn refused on June 12 to succumb to pressure by Saudi Arabia, rejecting a USD 80 million offer to sever diplomatic ties with its blockaded ally. Somali newspaper Somalia Today quoted unnamed sources claiming that “after two hours of enticement, Farmajo rejected the tempting offer.”
Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a number of communiqués this week stating that King Mohammed VI is closely following the development of what has become known as the Gulf Crisis, and announced that the monarch is ready to offer mediation to solve the issue.
Moreover, the ministry pointed out that planes carrying food were set to fly from Morocco to Qatar, and made it clear that the initiative is in line with “the teaching of our religion especially during the month of Ramadan” and is not meant as a way to score diplomatic points in any direction.
The communiqué also affirmed that Morocco’s position on the issue is one of neutrality and “had nothing to do with the political aspects of the current crisis between Qatar and other sister states.”
In the same vein, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita headed to UAE, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia on King Mohammed VI’s orders ,in line with the mediation that he offered in this regard.