Qatar-Gulf crisis may turn into global problem Turkish PM warns

ISTANBUL: Amid of the fierce spat between Qatar and leading Arab nations Turkey has made more efforts to ease the tension. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said at a fast-breaking (iftar) dinner in Istanbul that Qatar crisis could turn into a global problem if tension goes up.

He said.”A new problem area that may be created here [in Qatar] would not be limited inside the region.”

“The risk of this issue becoming a global problem is very high due to geostrategic nature of the region,” he said.

Yıldırım called on the parties in the tension to “act responsibly and contribute to reducing the tension rather than increasing it”.

He also said that Ankara was negotiating with the world leaders and their diplomatic counterparts in the region to ease the current situation.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. He had never witnessed Doha supporting terrorism, adding Turkey “will continue to give all kinds of support to Qatar.”

The Turkish leader has urged Saudi Arabia, as “the largest and most powerful state in the Gulf,” to reduce tensions and lift sanctions. “It is wrong to add more troubles on top of everything in the term that the Muslim world is already struggling with a lot of problems,” he said. “I am calling you: There won’t be any winners in the brother’s fight. You have to work for bringing brothers together. This is what we expect from Saudi, the Custodian of the Holy Mosques [in Mecca and Medina],” Erdogan added.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut diplomatic ties and traffic links with Doha on Monday, after accusing Doha of sponsoring terrorism