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Turkey to send more troops to Qatar


Turkey to send more troops to Qatar

The Turkish Parliament has ratified an accord to deploy additional troops to Qatar.

The move came a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan voiced support for Qatar and criticized other countries’ moves to isolate it.

Turkey has also pledged food and water supplies as fears of shortages have mounted since the closing of land, sea and air access to Qatar.

Turkish officials say as many as 3000 extra troops could be sent.

Suleyman Sensoy, chairman of the Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies said:

“Obviously Qatar is being punished by certain countries, I think the mounting anger from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the United States toward Qatar’s policies has triggered this crisis . Turkey will continue to rely on bilateral or multilateral diplomacy in an attempt to get the situation back to normal.”

Five neighbouring gulf nations have accused Qatar of harboring extremists and backing Riyadh’s regional rival, Iran. Allegations Qatar denies.