Qatari emir meets Turkish president in Ankara amid Gulf diplomatic rift

Representative to the United Nations Obaid Salem Al Zaabi making a point

Representative to the United Nations Obaid Salem Al Zaabi making a point

The Emir will hold talks with 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.

Judea Pearl - a Chancellor's Professor at UCLA and the president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, which promotes cross-cultural understanding - 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".

Upon his arrival at Esenboga International Airport, the Emir was welcomed by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Mehmet Simsek, Governor of Ankara Ercan Topaca and Qatar's Ambassador Salem bin Mubarak al-Shafi in addition to senior officials and members of the Qatari Embassy.

They were also joined in the two-and-half hour meeting by Energy Minister and Erdogan's son-in-law Berat Albayrak, images showed.

Ankara has been a major supporter of Doha in the crisis that left Qatari diplomatically and economically isolated.

Qatar's attempts to appeal to the American Jewish community comes amid its ongoing isolation with other Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which have severed ties with the Gulf state over ties with Iran among myriad other reasons.

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Doha denies the allegations, describing the attempts to diplomatically isolate it as a violation of global law and its national sovereignty.

In a show of solidarity, Turkey has also sent cargo ships and hundreds of planes loaded with food products to break the embargo on Doha.

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

Middle East expert Cahit Tuz says Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani's picking of Turkey as his first trip overseas after the crisis shows that he was trying to find out what kind of role Turkey could take in the negotiations.

Ankara has built a military base in Qatar and reportedly already deployed around 200 troops there.

The bloc later modified the demands and reduced it to six broad principles, excluding the closure of Al Jazeera from the list.

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