Qatari Emir in Turkey amid Persian Gulf conflict fears


Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani held talks in Turkey on Monday with main ally, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, amid fears of a military conflict between the Doha and its regional foes.

The two leaders held two-and-a-half-hours of talks at the presidential complex. Bilateral relations were discussed comprehensively, and views were exchanged, said a Turkish diplomatic source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Also present at the meeting were Energy Minister Berat Albayrak and Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

Last November Erdogan met with Al Thani in Doha, where he attended a meeting of the Turkey-Qatar 3rd High Strategic Committee.

Turkey maintains a military base in Qatar and has been a major supporter of Doha in the crisis that has left Qatar diplomatically and economically isolated. On June 5 last year, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt cut all ties with Qatar.

Meanwhile, Qatar has denied as “completely false” claims by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that its fighter jets intercepted two Emirati passenger planes.

The allegations on Monday come amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf after Qatar filed two complaints at the United Nations over alleged violations of its airspace by Emirati military aircraft.

The UAE’s state-run news agency WAM carried the first report of interception at mid day on Monday.

Citing the country’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the agency said Qatari fighter planes intercepted a Bahrain-bound Emirati civilian aircraft. Qatar’s foreign ministry dismissed the claim and said it would release a detailed statement later.


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