Turkey’s President Erdogan hosts Qatar’s emir

“Now I can say we’ve deployed more than 50 percent”, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohamed bin Saud al-Thani told an audience in a speech at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar.

The two leaders held a 2.5 hour long closed-door meeting after having dinner together, attended by Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak.

Al-Thani will hold talks on “bilateral ties and regional as well as global developments”, the Turkish presidency said.

Geneva, Sep. 14 (BNA): Actions taken by the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Arab Republic of Egypt, are legitimate sovereign decisions that are not in any way a “blockade”, but rather a “boycott”, affirmed Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations, UN, and other worldwide organisations in Geneva.

Erdogan has been a major supporter of Doha since June 5, when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt cut ties and blockaded Qatar, accusing it of supporting “terrorism” and fostering ties with their rival Iran.

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

Judea Pearl, a Chancellor’s Professor at UCLA and the president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, told the Algemeiner on Wednesday that he urged “Jewish leaders to refrain from meeting the emir of Qatar, and thus bestow credibility onto a country that has served as the hub of terrorism-breeding ideology in the past two decades”.

Erdogan has strongly spoken out against the sanctions applied by the four countries.

Since the beginning of the Persian Gulf crisis, Qatar has strengthened its relations with other countries especially in the military and defense field.

The World Values Network, a group headed by New York-based Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, put out an ad in the New York Times last weekend warning that “those involved in efforts to rehabilitate and legitimize Qatar will bring shame to themselves and ruin to countless more victims”.

Mediation efforts led by Kuwait suffered a setback on Saturday when Saudi Arabia said it was halting all dialogue with Qatar, on the pretext that Doha misrepresented the context of a phone call between the Emir and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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