On Thursday, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved legislation for increased military cooperation with Qatar, including a deal for the deployment of Turkish troops there. The move is a sign of support for the Gulf state in its dispute with neighboring Saudi Arabia and its dependent states.
The legislation, which also foresees cooperation in military training, was rapidly passed in parliament on Wednesday, a day after Erdogan openly sided with Qatar and criticised other Gulf countries’ moves to isolate it.
Turkey and Qatar have developed close ties over the years and reached an agreement in 2014 to set up a Turkish military base in the energy-rich tiny Gulf state.
Erdogan has avoided to condemned Riyadh due to heavy Saudi investment (US$6 billion) in Turkey. Erdogan who currently chair the 57-nation OIC said in Ankara: “Let me say at the outset that we do not think the sanctions against…
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