Muslim scholar hails Turkish role in Qatari crisis:

Asia Middle East Forum

Recent actions by Turkey have dimmed the prospect of a military occupation of Qatar, Ahmad al-Raysuni, vice-president of the Doha-based International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), said.

In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency to discuss the ongoing inter-Arab political crisis, al-Raysuni described recent attempts to isolate Qatar by a handful of other Arab states as an “overreaction”.

On 5 June, five Arab countries – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen – abruptly cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Mauritania followed suit shortly afterward, while Jordan has downgraded its diplomatic relations with Doha.

Saudi Arabia has also closed its land borders with Qatar, geographically isolating the tiny Gulf state.

Qatar, for its part, strenuously denies accusations that it supports terrorism, describing recent moves to isolate it as “unjustified”.

Al-Raysuni, for his part, says the countries currently arrayed against Qatar “want to silence…

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