Qatar's emir to meet Turkey's President Erdogan

Kristopher Drake
September 16, 2017

London and Tel Aviv - Qatar is reportedly seeking to arrange meetings between Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and leading members of US Jewish organizations as part of an effort to improve its standing with the US and ending its isolation, according to US Jewish sources in Tel Aviv.

Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

Ankara has been a major supporter of Doha in the crisis that left Qatar diplomatically and economically isolated.

Few countries, including Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Egyptian government which came to power after toppling the country's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation.

Erdogan has strongly spoken out against the sanctions applied by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt against Doha.

In late July, President Erdogan paid a visit to the Gulf region in a bid to find a political solution to the crisis, also visiting Qatar.

While other Qatari officials have flown around the world this summer to garner support for the nation, the Emir initially remained at home. The statement was in response to the remarks made in the speech of the Qatari delegate during the panel discussion on the unilateral measures of human rights and coercion during the current session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

"His picking of Turkey as his first trip overseas after the crisis shows that he was trying to find out what kind of role Turkey could take in the negotiations", said Cahit Tuz, who is an expert in Middle East affairs, and deputy chairman of the Oriental Research Centre based in Istanbul.

"The Gulf states were planning military intervention".

On Friday, the Emir will hold talks in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the prospects of cooperation between the two friendly countries and ways to develop them, in addition to the latest regional and global developments, primarily the Gulf crisis.

Qatar has rejected the demands as violations of its sovereignty.

The question is "when will the sides agree to solve the crisis?" said Tuz, adding the Saudi-led bloc didn't make their decision without United States knowledge.

Klein said that if Qatar takes "significant steps to show they are willing to change and reform, to end aid to Hamas, to facilitate the release of the bodies of slain Israeli soldiers to their families - if they do some of those things to show that real change is happening, then I would be delighted to meet".

"The crisis has many dynamics". The two leaders also discussed the most prominent regional and worldwide events and exchange views on them.

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