Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says Qatar has been 'choked' by its neighbours after a number of countries cut ties with the Gulf state. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday (June 13) denounced the isolation of Qatar, saying the boycott of the Gulf state by neighbours was akin to a "death penalty". Erdogan's defence of Qatar, in a parliamentary speech to members of his ruling AK Party, comes after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Doha last week, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and Iran - allegations it says are baseless. "Qatar is not a country which supports terrorism. On the contrary, Qatar has shown the most decisive stance, alongside Turkey, against the terrorist organisation Islamic State," Erdogan said. The Turkish leader added he would hold a conference call on Tuesday with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani to discuss recent developments. Erdogan has vowed to keep supporting Qatar and has said the dispute should be resolved before the end of the holy month of Ramadan.