Emir, Erdogan stress on dialogue to solve Gulf crisis

Qatar Investment Authority says most of future US investments in infrastructure

The two leaders also discussed the most prominent regional and global events and exchange views on them.

Both leaders emphasises the importance of solving the crisis in the Gulf diplomatically and vowed to further bolster relations between Ankara and Doha, said Turkish presidential sources, cited by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

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.

After visiting Turkey, the Emir left for Berlin on Thursday for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by his wife Emine Erdogan, is welcomed by Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani in Doha, Qatar, July 24, 2017.

Turkish troops arrive in Qatar over the summer.




Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for Erdogan, addressed reporters prior to the meeting with the Qatari leader and called for the Gulf nations to resolve their concerns through dialogue. Sheikh Tamim is also due in Paris for talks with the French president.

He added that if the emir and crown prince truly "seeks to improve the tarnished image of his country, let him address two issues that are now of major concern to the Jewish community: Let him declare the jihadi ideology of Al Jazeera unacceptable, and let him proclaim Qaradawi's Zionophobia a form of racism".

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade links with Qatar on June 5, accusing the major gas-exporting Gulf state of financing terrorism and cozying up to their arch-rival Iran.

Doha, however, denies the claims and Ankara has insisted there is absolutely no evidence to back the allegations.

Turkey has supported the Gulf ally against the blockage imposed by the Saudi-led block in terms of military cooperation and basic necessities, including food and medicine.

But Turkey also does not want to wreck its own relations with regional kingpin Saudi Arabia and its hugely powerful new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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