Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will visit Turkey today to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his first trip abroad since the start of the Gulf diplomatic crisis.
Turkey’s presidential office said in a statement that Sheikh Tamim will hold talks on bilateral ties and regional issues as well as international developments.
Erdogan has been a major supporter of Doha since June fifth, when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt cut ties and blockaded Qatar, accusing it of backing “extremism” and fostering ties with their rival Iran. Qatar vehemently denies the accusations.
Erdogan has strongly spoken out against the sanctions applied by the four countries. In a show of solidarity, Turkey has also sent cargo ships and hundreds of planes loaded with food to break the blockade.
After visiting Turkey, Qatar’s leader will visit Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel