Erdogan says Gulf rapprochement ‘very beneficial’ for region

Turkish President Erdogan addresses members of his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the parliament in Ankara
FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, December 23, 2020. Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

January 8, 2021

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday hailed a breakthrough between Guld Arab states and Qatar earlier this week, saying the move to restore ties and lift restrictions was “very beneficial” for the region.

Turkey has a military base in Qatar has and supported its ally since Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states cut ties with Doha in mid-2017. On Tuesday Riyadh said those ties would be restored.

“Lifting this embargo is very appropriate, especially for the Gulf. It has been very beneficial,” Erdogan told reporters. “We hope that our position in the Gulf cooperation will be re-established. This will make the Gulf cooperation stronger”.

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Dominic Evans)