Russia and the Middle East
Wed, 15 august 2018Wed
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The United Arab Emirates said on Saturday that Doha needed to change its policies before a dialogue could take place. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said a call for dialogue by Qatars Emir Sheikh Tamin Bin Hamad Al Thani was welcome, but this could only happen after Doha had made changes. He did not specify these.

Dialogue is necessary and needed but its backbone has to be revision, Gargash said on his Twitter account. He expressed disappointment with a speech by Sheikh Tamim on Friday, the first the Emir had given since the start of the crisis. I had hoped that the speech of Sheikh Tamim would be an initiative for revision, Gargash said. (Reuters)

Against this backdrop the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan begins a two-day tour of the Gulf region which will see him visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. Erdogans office announced last week that his two-day tour will begin with a visit to Kuwait to discuss the latest mediation efforts that it has conducted since the start of the crisis in Qatar. He will then visit Saudi Arabia and later Doha to discuss the possibility of taking steps to resolve the crisis between Qatar and Anti-Terror Quartet countries.

The Turkish presidents visit comes in the context of diplomatic efforts in the region to address the crisis with Qatar. The Anti-Terror Quartet of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt decided to impose a diplomatic and economic boycott of Qatar last month for the latters history of supporting terrorism and extremist groups in the region. Ankara has refused to back down from establishing a military base in Qatar or withdraw Turkish troops it has sent to Doha.