President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday dismissed calls for Turkey to close a military base in Qatar and said a wider list of demands issued by four Arab states was an unlawful intervention against the Gulf emirate's sovereignty. Mia Womersley reports.
Turkey's president says demands being made on Qatar by 4 Arab states are unlawful. A list of 13 orders has been drawn up by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain. Conservative Arab peers have been incensed over Qatar's alleged support for Islamists they regard as threats to their dynastic rule. But on Sunday Tayyip Erdogan dismissed calls for Turkey to close a military base in the tiny state. It's the President's strongest statement of support in the nearly three-week old crisis. Turkey is the most powerful regional country to stand by Qatar. It has sent 100 cargo planes with supplies since its neighbours cut air and sea links. And rushed through legislation to send more troops to its base in Doha. Both Qatar and Turkey backed a Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt before it was overthrown in 2013. The Arab states have demanded Qatar cut any links to the Brotherhood and other groups they deem to be terrorist, ideological or sectarian.