Erdogan on Qatar Crisis: “It’s as if a Death Penalty Has…

Casablanca –  More than one week into the Gulf regional crisis, Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is calling the “isolation” of the State of Qatar “a grave mistake.”Delivering a parliamentary address to members of his Justice and Development Party, Erdogan referred to the blockade as “inhumane and against Islamic values.”Since the onset of the crisis on June 4, Turkey has been adamant in its support for Qatar. Along with Iran, Turkey has worked to keep food supplies moving to the country, all the while urging Saudi Arabia to take an action-based leadership role in the solution process. “The king of Saudi Arabia, as leader of the Gulf, should solve this issue,” he said. “I especially think that he should lead the way towards resolving this crisis.”In his address, Erdogan praised Qatar for showing “the most decisive stance” against terrorism. He condemned what he called a “smear campaign” which “serves no purpose.”Erdogan continued, calling the blockade “a grave mistake,” as well as “inhumane and against Islamic values.” He characterized the blockade saying, “It’s as if a death penalty has been taken for Qatar.”On Monday, June 4, six countries, led by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, announced they were cutting all diplomatic ties with Qatar, citing its alleged funding of terrorist organizations. This was followed by the severing of trade contact as well, leaving tiny Qatar alone in the Gulf.Qatar steadfastly denied all accusations, insisting their state-run news agency had been hacked and fake news planted. After a trip to Doha to investigate, US intelligence confirmed the news agency had been hacked and pointed the finger at Russia. Recently, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI offered his “good offices” to mediate the Qatar predicament in the hopes of providing a calming influence and to find a rapid and peaceful solution to the crisis. Morocco has also agreed to provide food supplies to the besieged country until the situation is resolved.In a statement released Monday by the Moroccan Ministry of Affairs, it was announced that the decision to send the aid was “in line with the teachings of our religion especially during the month of Ramadan where requites solidarity between Muslim people.”

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