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On 7 June, Turkish Parliament ratified two treaties with the state of Qatar, one covering the deployment of Turkish troops to the Emirate (in which there are already some 90 Turkish military personnel) and the second covering assistance in training Qatari security forces. The agreement was originally concluded in Doha in April 2016.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced during a press conference on 10 June with Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa that Turkey is keen to continue efforts to resolve the current dispute between Qatar and its neighbouring Arab states, who have isolated it politically and economically as a result of its alleged support of terrorism, extremism and Iran. Cavusoglu also relayed a message from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicating that Turkey’s existing military base in Qatar is intended to contribute to security for the entire Arab Gulf region and is not aimed at any specific Gulf state.

Although details are somewhat vague, it appears that Turkish combat aircraft and naval vessels will shortly arrive in Qatar and that a military delegation will be sent in the next few days to assess the readiness and capacity of the base there. The government believes the current crisis could be resolved as soon as the end of the month of Ramadan, which falls on 24 June.

Tim Mahon

 

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