On Thursday, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved legislation for increased military cooperation with Qatar, including a deal for the deployment of Turkish troops there. The move is a sign of support for the Gulf state in its dispute with neighboring Saudi Arabia and its dependent states.
The legislation, which also foresees cooperation in military training, was rapidly passed in parliament on Wednesday, a day after Erdogan openly sided with Qatar and criticised other Gulf countries’ moves to isolate it.
Turkey and Qatar have developed close ties over the years and reached an agreement in 2014 to set up a Turkish military base in the energy-rich tiny Gulf state.
Erdogan has avoided to condemned Riyadh due to heavy Saudi investment (US$6 billion) in Turkey. Erdogan who currently chair the 57-nation OIC said in Ankara: “Let me say at the outset that we do not think the sanctions against Qatar are good. Turkey will continue and will develop our ties with Qatar, as with all our friends who have supported us in the most difficult moments.”
On Monday Russian President Vladimir Putin and Erdogan discussed the situation in a phone call, urging all involved sides to engage in a dialogue to “develop compromise solutions in the interest of preserving peace and stability in the Persian Gulf region.”
Both Iran and Pakistan have allowed Qatar Airways to use their airspaces. Both Etihad Airways and Emirate are operating international service via Iran while Air India Express has started using Pakistan-Iran route to connect New Delhi with Doha. Approximately 650,000 Indian nationals work in Qatar.
Historically, the Saudi ‘royals’ were helped by the British colonial power to establish an extremist brand of Islamic (Wahhabism) dictatorship in Najad (September 23, 1932) in order to keep Muslim nations divided on sectarian basis to counter emergence of political Islam to challenge Western colonists. The Saudi ‘royal’ have not disappointed their Western masters so far.
Saudi ‘royals’ and Zionist leaders have always shared the same bed.
Riyadh has accused Doha of supporting terrorism in the region. I’m sure the accusation is not directed toward the 6-year-old bloodshed in Syria because both Saudi Arabia and Qatar had been arming the anti-Assad rebels factions with high-tech weaponry to fulfill Israeli plan of fragmenting its neighboring Arab countries.
The Jew York Times grumbled at length on the quarrels between the servants of empire. “For the West, this latest twist in the heated politics of the region divides close allies at a critical time. All four Gulf countries actively back the Syrian rebels against President Bashar al-Assad, and all see Shiite Iran as a regional rival. But now the split with Qatar makes it harder for the West to work with them as a group on common concerns like Iran or Syria,” Whined Zionist Jew David Kirkpatrick .