Ankara, Turkey. – President of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan, gave the Turkish parliament a speech on Tuesday June 6 dubbing Qatar’s recent seclusion by other Gulf states as inhumane and against Islamic values. Erdogan also urged Saudia Arabia ‘s King Salman to lead the Gulf states back to calm diplomatic conditions, emphasizing that the resolution should be led by the conflict’s eldest participant.
“A very grave mistake is being made in Qatar, isolating a nation in all areas is inhumane and against Islamic values. It’s as if a death penalty decision has been taken for Qatar. Qatar has shown the most decisive stance against the terrorist organization Islamic State alongside Turkey. Victimizing Qatar through smear campaigns serves no purpose.”
President Erdogan has also expressed that the rift should end and resolutions met by the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
(President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.)
The two countries, Turkey and Qatar, had signed a military agreement in 2015 that allows them to be supportive of one another. Turkey had established a military base in Qatar, the first of its kind in the region, that could accommodate up to 5,000 soldiers. Some sources state that the base already has 100 to 200 soldiers there. Historically, Qatar deployed a 150 elite-unit group in support of Erdogan in the failed coup of last year, 2016.
Turkey and Qatar are not only allied in military matters but economically as well. The Turkish Foreign Ministry states that $424 million worth of exports to Qatar by Turkey and $361 million worth of exports to Turkey by Qatar was the case for 2015. As for the planned FIFA World Cup, Turkish construction companies working for Qatar had reportedly reached $8.5 billion as of yet and that is 5 years before the event takes place.
Now Turkey had recently flown over fresh produce to Qatar including poultry, juice, yogurt and many other products. Qatari Businessman Moutaz Al-Khayatt had reported to Bloomberg recently, stating that he intends to fly in 4,000 cows instead of shipping them in due to recent shipping restrictions by other Gulf States.
(Doha Port Stadium, designed by Albert Speer and Partner, yet to be completed.)
Qatar’s recent news not only the mass exports of milk but a $12 billion deal in F-15 fighter jets with the United States. Whilst President Trump had repeatedly voiced the idea that Qatar funds terrorist factions and still selling the country arms, those who have economically boycotted Qatar share different sentiments.
Despite Qatar being so seemingly militant recently, UAE envoy in Washington, Youssef Al-Otaiba, stated:
“There is absolutely no military component to anything that we are doing.”
Al-Otaiba also told reporters that he had met with U.S. Defense Secretary General Jim Mattis where he reassured him on several occasions that there would be no military action taken and that the U.S. base in Qatar, Al Udeid Air Base, would be safe and sound.
Recent Kuwaiti efforts to ease tensions and restore diplomatic peace between the Gulf states has bore no fruit yet. Diplomacy might be hard to achieve as nations in negotiations such as these are either too stubborn to compromise or too oblivious of their own conditions to propose a resolution. Thus is the burden of conflicting powers in the Middle East, a region that has grown infamous for its constant instability and political turmoil.
More on the matter will be reported when new happenings arise.