Volunteers unloading assist packing containers. PHOTO: AFP
ISTANBUL: Turkey on Thursday despatched its first ship loaded with help for its embattled regional ally Qatar which has been hit by sanctions from Gulf powers led by Saudi Arabia, state media stated.
Turkey has already despatched over one hundred planes with meals and different help for Qatar however that is the primary time a cargo ship has launched into the voyage to Doha. The ship left the Aegean port of Aliaga in Izmir province with round four,000 tonnes of fruit, greens and different foodstuffs on board, the Anadolu information company stated. It ought to arrive in 10 days.
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Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain broke off relations with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting ‘terrorism’, leaving Doha economically and politically remoted. However Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan instantly vowed to help Qatar.
Ankara vehemently rejected the accusations – already strongly denied by Doha – that Qatar helps ‘terrorism’, arguing the nation had been a staunch opponent of Islamic State. Financial system Minister Nihat Zeybekci stated on Wednesday that Turkey had already despatched a hundred and five cargo flights to Qatar loaded with help to assist the nation via the disaster.
The disaster has put Turkey in a fragile place as Ankara regards Qatar as its chief ally within the Gulf however can also be eager to take care of its enhancing relations with the important thing regional energy Saudi Arabia. Ankara has stopped in need of instantly criticising Saudi Arabia’s actions, merely calling on Riyadh to take a lead position in fixing the disaster.
In an indication of the significance of the relations with Riyadh, Erdogan late Wednesday held telephone talks with Saudi King Salman after the sudden appointment of his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince instead of Mohammed bin Nayef.
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Erdogan additionally spoke with Mohammed bin Salman himself and handed on his congratulations over the transfer, Anadolu stated. Each side expressed a dedication to additional strengthen relations between Ankara and Riyadh and to “step up efforts” to finish the tensions regarding Qatar, it added.
Relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey had been been broken by Riyadh’s position within the 2013 ousting of Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, an in depth ally of Ankara. However ties thawed significantly after the accession of Salman to the throne in 2015, with the king warmly welcomed on visits to Turkey.
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