DAMACUS, SYRIA (5:00 A.M.) – Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Kuwait to meet with Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah to discuss among other issues the ongoing dispute between a Saudi-led bloc and the emirate of Qatar.
According to Kuwaiti news broadcaster KUNA, Erdogan and the Emir met in the royal palace on Tuesday to discuss regional and international developments, as well as “means to improve cooperation on all fronts” between the two nations. The two countries’ respective military chiefs of staff also met with one another to discuss future military cooperation.
President Erdogan is scheduled to continue his tour of the Gulf by visiting Qatar next, where is likely to meet Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The Emir of Qatar visited Turkey earlier in September.
The Turkish presidential visit comes amid an ongoing dispute between Qatar and a quartet of nations led by Saudi Arabia. Back in June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain enacted a full diplomatic and economic embargo upon Qatar, accusing the country of supporting terrorism.
The bloc also issued a list of demands to Doha, including the order to shut down the Al Jazeera news channel and the downgrading of Qatar’s relations with Iran. Emir Al Thani however, has categorically rejected these demands and said that the Saudi-led coalition seeks to undermine Qatar’s national sovereignty.
Kuwait and Turkey have both been leading mediators in the ongoing crisis, with Turkey openly supportive of Doha’s decision to not comply with the quartet’s demands.